How To Identify A Suicide Bomber Or An Accomplice

Suicide bomb vest duly primed by the terroristsSuicide bombing has claimed several lives in Nigeria’s northeast, in the heat of insurgency by Boko Haram terrorists.

Heightened counter-terrorism operations in the northeast have reduced the insurgents’ activities that have been on in the area in the last seven years.

Forced out of their enclaves, last bastion in Sambisa forest and territories they have occupied, the terrorists have taken to attacking soft targets, mostly with suicide bombers who are more of young females.

The challenge for most victims have been the inability to identify a suicide bomber or persons suspected to be having Improvised Explosive Device (IED) strapped to their body, waiting to be detonated.

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Spokesman for the Nigerian Army, Brigadier General Sani Usman, asks residents in northeast to be wary of fleeing terrorists

In the midst of the counter-terrorism operations, the Nigerian Army is making attempts to sensitise the public on how to identify a suicide bomber or their accomplice.

The spokesman for the Nigerian Army, Brigadier General Sani Usman, stressed the need for residents of different communities in Nigeria’s northeast and other cities to be wary of fleeing Boko Haram members that could infiltrate their settlements and carry out attacks on soft targets.

He hinted that the process of coupling an IED would require inputs from different persons, making it possible for observant persons to know that crisis was imminent.

“Terrorists are normal human beings that mingle with the public. Whenever you are coupling an IED about 10 other persons will be in the chain of it. If the public are more vigilant they will notice something amiss,” he said.

Giving further hint on how to identify a suicide bomber, Brigadier General Usman said: “When you see somebody buying bells of nails and you know for sure he does not have the capacity to buy that quantity of nails and you know him full well to the point that he is not embarking on a building project.

“Sometimes you will see somebody in the night moving about when every other normal human being is sleeping or somebody, wearing a winter coat when actually it is so hot. His mode of dressing is so awkward that you will think that you are in a winter society. In most cases they are odd”.

He urged Nigerians to report suspected persons to security agencies within their locality to save lives, stressing that the war on terror could not be won by the military alone.

According to him, one strategy that the military had employed that is yielding result, is the establishment of Joint Task Force (JTF) with residents of communities in the northeast, whom he said aided the ousting of terrorists from territories they occupied.

“The JTF has been operating in the locality and they are familiar with the culture.

“They know the mode of dressing of people within a locality and that, a soldier posted to the area, may not know. They can identify when there is something strange about a person’s dress.

“It is very important that we involve the people that are on ground,” he said.

International community providing support to the Nigerian military had advised the forces to involve locals in the war against terror to enable them quickly differentiate terrorists from other residents.

Boko Haram Video: Bolori, Wakili On Wanted List Report To Army

Bolori, Wakili link with Boko HaramTwo out of the three persons declared wanted by the Nigerian Army on Sunday in connection with the latest Boko Haram video on the abducted Chibok girls have turned themselves in.

The acting spokesman for the Nigerian Army, Colonel Sani Usman, told Channels Television on Monday that while Ahmed Bolori, who is based in Maiduguri, reported at the army base in Maiduguri, Aisha Wakil reported at the Defence Headquarters in Abuja.

Colonel Usman, however, said that the two were released after questioning.

He had in an earlier statement said that the suspects, Bolori and Wakil and the third person, Ahmed Salkida, had information on the conditions and the exact location of the over 200 abducted girls.

They were abducted on April 14, 2014 from their school’s dormitory in Chibok, while they were preparing for their Secondary School Certificate examinations.

Colonel Usman said that two recent incidents had pointed to the fact that the suspects were connected to the terrorist group.

The Third Wanted Person

Meanwhile, the third wanted person, Salkida and Wakil had expressed shock at the decision of the army to declare them wanted.

In his reaction to the declaration by the army, Mr Salkida, who is not in Nigeria at the moment, said that he was prepared to return to Nigeria and had indeed kick started the process to honour the invitation.

A statement issued by Mr Salkida on Monday said that the army knew he was not in Nigeria prior to being declared wanted.

He said that his return home would be quickened if the government could fund his trip.

Salkida added that the army was declaring him wanted for simply carrying out his professional duties as a journalist, stressing that he does most of his work with ‘total allegiance and sacrifice to the Federal Republic of Nigeria’.

On her part, Mrs Wakil insisted that she had been fighting for peace long before the Chibok girls were kidnapped and was well known to the security operatives.

She wondered why she was being declared missing since she did not have a shady character.

”I have had meetings with (the) Chief of Army Staff and his people.

“I told them the way forward, to allow me come with some commanders of Boko Haram and discuss with them and present the release of CBGS.

“But they chose to do things their own ways only and never gave considerations to any of my suggestions,” she said in a statement.

Gun Runners, Armed Bandits Kill 11 Military Officials In Niger State

Illegal ArmsAt least 11 military officials have been killed in a gun battle with gun runners and armed bandits at different locations in Niger State, north-western Nigeria, a military official said on Sunday.

Eight of the armed bandits were also killed in the shootout while 57 others were arrested.

Spokesman for the Nigerian Army, Colonel Sani Usman, said that the attack occurred during cordon and search in different locations following covert surveillance and intelligence reports on the activities of some gun runners and armed bandits in Kopa, Dagma and Gagaw villages of Bosso Local Government Area, Niger State.

Still Missing

Troops of 31 Artillery Brigade, 1 Division Nigerian Army, in conjunction with Nigeria Air Force detachment on Internal Security Operation MESA were in the operation to recover suspected weapon cache and arrest the suspected persons and the armed bandits.

“The troops were on legitimate official duty aimed at safeguarding lives and property of citizen in the area.

“While approaching and deploying to carry out their lawful duty, the troops came under simultaneous and sporadic shootings in all the three locations.

They, however, responded as necessary in line with the rules of engagement.

“Sadly, an officer and eight soldiers of the Nigerian Army and two Airmen of the Nigeria Air Force lost their lives in the line of national duty,” a statement by Colonel Usman said.

He stated that “one soldier is still missing” while two of their colleagues were seriously wounded.

The suspected gun runners and armed bandits also burnt down four operational vehicles and vandalised two others.

The bandits also carted away four AK-47 rifles and one Fabrique Nationale (FN) rifle belonging to the deceased soldiers.

Colonel Usman said that the troops killed eight of the armed bandits and arrested 57 others while large quantity of arms and ammunition were recovered.

‘Suppliers Of Arms’

The recovered items include; three AK-47 rifles, 10 Local AK-47 Rifles, nine Locally made Pistols, six Revolver guns, which fires 7.62mm (Special ammunition), 45 Loaded Dane guns, 10 Clubs and Cudgels, 41 Arrows, 18 Bow cases, 122 Cutlasses and Machetes as well as 20 Daggers.

Other items are 31 Axes, 63 rounds of 7.62 (Special) Ammunition, 10 Bajaj Motorcycles, Assorted Charms and Amulets, two Vehicles, 38 mobile telephone handsets, a wristwatch, five Identity Cards, Passport Photographs, Cash sum of 23,870 Naira, five Japanese Yen and 35 different denominations of old Nigerian currency, 15 Catapults, eight Torchlights, two Gun Powder bottles, four empty cases of Ammunition and 41 Cartridges.

The troops also seized a military Waist Belt and a pair of military Combat Boots.

The army spokesman emphasised that the nefarious activities of the gun runners and the armed bandits had direct bearing with the influx of weapons and general insecurity in some parts of the Federal Capital Territory and the North West geo-political zone.

He said: “The same gun runners have been confirmed to be the suppliers of arms to armed robbery gangs that were involved in series of armed robbery attacks along Minna-Bida road and the general environment.

“Although the situation is under control, the military will not rest on its oars until all those involved are arrested and brought to justice”.

Colonel Usman further assured Nigerians that the military would continue to deal with any violent threat to national security and urged all law abiding citizens to go about their lawful duties, as the cordon and search operation continues in the general area.

He said the operation could, if necessary, be expand to other identified areas to keep Nigerians safe.

Army Denies Allegation Of Looting In Gbaramatu

soldiers and officersThe Nigerian Army has dismissed allegations of looting by Soldiers in Gbaramatu kingdom.

In a statement by a spokesman for the Nigerian Army, Colonel Sani Usman, the Army criticised the allegation, saying it is not true.

It also described the allegations as sheer blackmail by some mischief makers to tarnish the image of the Nigerian Army.

Colonel Usman stressed that Nigerian soldiers do not loot.

The statement further said that the Army felt pained that such unfounded allegation would be published.

According to the statement, the soldiers are thorough-bred professionals guided by rules of engagement and code of conduct.

The statement further added that all the items recovered on May 28 and June 1, which include weapons and dynamites, were properly documented and publicly displayed.