Four Suicide Bombers Attack Adamawa State

Bomb-blastFour suicide bombers have attacked Madagali town in Adamawa state, northeast Nigeria. 

Two civilians were said to have been killed, as a result of the multiple explosions that rocked the area.

The Army Public Relations Officer (PRO), Major Badare Akintoye, of the 28 Task Force Brigade, Mubi, Adamawa, confirmed the casualties.

Meanwhile, 10 others, who sustained serious injuries were said to have been moved to General Hospital, Michika and six others with minor injuries were treated immediately.

Akintoye explained that three of the suicide bombers, tried to enter a motor park in Madagali, but detonated the bombs immediately they sighted the military officials.

The last one of them, was gunned down before she could detonate hers.

Madagali, is 300 km from Yola, the state Capital.

This attack is coming barely two weeks after the Nigerian Army repelled an attack by fleeing Boko Haram terrorists in Gulak village in the same Madagali Local Government Area.

While the Local Government Chairman, Yusuf Mohammed, commended the security agencies and local vigilantes, he also sought more support to secure the area.

Also in December 2016, the residents experienced a suicide bombing where at least 45 people were killed and several others injured.

Use of Female Suicide Bombers Not New Globally – Scholar

Nojeem ShoboA lecturer of Security Management and Strategy, at the University of Lagos, Nojeem Shobo, on Saturday, said the new trend of terrorists using female suicide bombers in Nigeria is a “by-product of globilisation” and not particularly new globally, as such cases have been recorded in Pakistan, Iran and Iraq.

“It is a fact that only very few of Nigerians are female suicide bombers,” he said, maintaining that it “is not a new thing” globally.

He disclosed that another new bombing technique used by terrorists was “breast implants”.

Those are the impacts of globilisation so it’s not a new thing and it’s part of the trends we have to live with,” he said, noting that “they (terrorists) have come to stay with us” and “one after the other, we’ll continue to eliminate them through ‘elimination by interaction’”.

Although the trend brings a disturbing twist to the fight against insurgency, Shobo explained that it may not necessarily mean something to the terrorists because “conventionally, a terrorist is not limited to a man, or woman”.

Terrorism, he noted is not gender based and so the use of female suicide bombers only indicates the target of the terrorists, which in this case is the soft target.

Women are used to approach softer targets. They move in unnoticed. They move in unsuspected, they commit the havoc and they disappear or get lost in the exercise. So the issue of women coming in now – as suicide bombers – is part of the global teaching.”

However, Media/Conflict Scholar, Tunde Akanni, highlighted that the tragedy of Nigeria’s situation is that “Nigeria does not seem to regularly benefit from the positive extensions of whatever globilisation is throwing up”.

He stressed that some local factors had contributed to the rise of terror.

There is so much discontent in the land. Several governments that we have had over time have not done well. There is gross misappropriation of priorities in Nigeria – our leaders don’t have correct focus on what they should address from time to time,” he said.

He further argued that many leaders were ill-prepared for their positions, leading to many ills in the country.

Security Analyst Scores FG 10 Percent On Counter-Terrorism Measures

Olatubosun AbolarinwaA Security Consultant, Olatubosun Abolarinwa, on Thursday expressed disappointment in the Federal Government’s counter-terrorism measures, scoring it 10 percent and noting that “we are almost 67 years backward in our fight against terrorism”.

Speaking in light of the recent attacks by Boko Haram and the use of young female suicide bombers, Abolarinwa said “none of this should be surprising” as the study of terrorism trends, all over the world, shows that the events happening in Nigeria are not new.

“If you study terrorism and its trend all over the world, there is nothing happening in Nigeria now that has not happened somewhere else in the world,” he said, noting that the new trend of indoctrinating and using young suicide bombers, was saddening.

He went further to say that another sad thing was the government’s efforts to “indoctrinate the society at large, to counter it”.

He however noted that there were two ways of dealing with terrorism, including anti-terrorism – which is majorly the work of the security agencies – and counter-terrorism – which involves the general populace.

“The counter terrorism initiative of the government at the moment can be rated at 10 percent” he said, insisting that “we cannot continue to pretend, or to assume, or believe that it is the law enforcement agencies that are going to deal with this or solve it.

“It is never done like that,” Abolarinwa said.

He further stressed that the government needs to take an active step to ensure that citizens are highly conscious of the situation at hand, as majority don’t believe the severity of terrorism until there is an explosion or bomb scare around them.

“Now is the time, not later, although it is a little bit late but not too late to take steps in indoctrinating the society on how to counter terrorism,” he said, adding that “It’s ok to be over-suspicious”, on the part of the people.

He called on the government to evaluate the funds spent in the fight against terrorism vis a vis the results achieved.