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 Experts Advice FG To Shun Dialogue With ‘Faceless’ Boko Haram

Security experts today advised the Federal Government not to dialogue with the Islamist Boko Haram group.

The experts, who were speaking as guests on Channels Television’s weekend flagship programme, Sunrise Saturday, said the president was right in refusing to offer amnesty to the “faceless” group.

A civil rights activist and security don; Razak Oladosu called for proper use of available information channels to combat crime in the country. He advocated the use of combined forces, from the local community and military personnel, in the fight against the Boko Haram sect.

Another security expert, Nojeem Shobo charged the Federal Government to locate the operational base of the group and send equipped soldiers to clear the place within three months.

Similarly, Ona Ekhomu, said “the dreaded sect members do not have reasons to be granted amnesty as they haven’t presented their grievances and have their hands soiled in blood”.

If amnesty is to be considered then the bloodshed has got to stop, but because the blood still flows, there isn’t basis for the talk of amnesty because we don’t know what the issue are’’.

The Sultan of Sokoto had called on President Goodluck Jonathan to offer amnesty to the sect in order to end the violence in the northern part of the country.