The terror groups are rumored to have finalized plans to hold Eid prayers in some of the regions they control today as part of their expansionist efforts.
According to reliable sources, Boko Haram members who supported late Abubakar Shekau, and those who supported the ISWAP led by late Abu Musab Albarnawi, the son of late Boko Haram founder Mohammed Yusuf, have among other things cleared land around the Sambisa forest and Lake Chad shorelines and will observe the Eid-el-Kabir prayer there.
They consequently urged security organizations to thwart the terrorists’ audacity, claiming that they take advantage of such celebrations to massively enlist innocent people into their cause.
According to one of the individuals, Boko Haram members are still prowling around in various places despite the fact that Nigerian security forces have driven them out of numerous villages and forested areas in Borno and the neighboring Yobe State.
“The terrorists are fully mobilised for celebrations at many Tunbus (islands) on the Lake Chad and their enclaves in Sambisa Forest,” he said.
According to a different source, Nigeria’s image abroad was damaged by the terrorists’ excesses.
“It is unthinkable the way they release videos of their atrocities. Such videos show that once the terrorists go out for their operations, they would do it with ease because nobody can stop them.
“The videos they released recently after the attack on Kuje prison is one bad example that showed our weak links. And unless something is done, they would also release videos of their Eid prayers.
“They would release their propaganda videos slaughtering their sacrificial animals to the chagrin of those in authority… I am calling on our security forces to act by decimating them,” he said.
Another source claimed that when the rainy season got underway, Nigerian troops’ effectiveness was being hampered by environmental issues.
He claimed that because they are unable to enter many areas this time, the terrorists will have the opportunity to restock their supplies and logistics as well as gather gullible young people for future battles.
He claimed that during the dry season, when a large number of terrorists emerged from their hideouts and expressed remorse, the troops had squandered a wonderful opportunity.
“Why didn’t we finish the terrorists’ campaign in the North East this year? We had thousands surrendering, weakening the fighting spirits of the terrorists, but we could not clear the Tunbus, surroundings of Timbuktu Triangle and Sambisa Forest.
“Now we are bound to wait until the end of the raining season to kick start another operation.
“Why haven’t we done enough to acquire all weather APC and AFV and constantly revert to seasonal warfare?
“Does this mean, knowing that our North-East flanks or neighbours are our most vulnerable porous security concern, yet, no efforts towards acquisition of these all important weapons?
“Must we wait till tomorrow when the Chadian or Cameroonian forces enter Maiduguri before we rush to the markets?
“Is the military waiting for Buhari’s handing over before clearing the terrorists or to use it as an election campaign strategy?” he asked.
The names and images of the terrorist-related detainees who escaped from the Kuje Medium Security Custodial Center in Abuja have been made public by the Nigerian Correctional Service.
Following a Tuesday attack on the facility by members of the Islamic State of West Africa Province (ISWAP), the prisoners broke out of the prison.
A 30-second video released on Wednesday by the ISWAP claimed credit for the attack.
According to a statement by the Service’s spokesperson, Umar Abubakar, 879 convicts escaped, but 443 of them were apprehended, bringing the total number of detainees at the facility to 578.
Additionally, Major-General Bashir Magashi, the Minister of Defense, claimed that all the Boko Haram terrorists inside the facility fled during the operation.
However, the Service released the names and images of 69 inmates being tried for terrorism, including Abdulkareem Musa, Abdulsalam Adamu, Bello Haruna, Ismail Abdullahi, Modu Aji, Yakubu Abdullahi, Abdulmannan Obadiki, Abubakar Umar.
Others are Bassey Kingsley, Diko Iko, Fannami Bukar, Ishaq Farouq, Mohammed Buba and Mohammed Kyari.
Security chiefs have briefed President Muhammadu Buhari on the most recent information regarding Tuesday’s terrorist attack on the Kuje Custodial Center.
After yesterday’s National Security Council meeting, which the president presided over, the Minister of Police Affairs, Maigari Dingyadi, confirmed to State House reporters that the president had received a briefing from the heads of security agencies on what had actually occurred in Kuje and the next steps.
“The service chiefs have been given very clear directives to ensure that adequate measures are taken, not only to investigate what happened but also to take steps to forestall a occurrence of such incident,” he said.
He claimed that despite their best efforts, the security guards assigned to guard the detention facility at Kuje in the Federal Capital Territory (FCT) were defeated by the militants’ more potent weapons.
According to the minister, the terrorists’ success was due to their size and superior weaponry. He also claimed that President Buhari had given the military chiefs instructions to guarantee that necessary measures were taken both after the incident and to prevent such ones from happening again.
According to Dingyadi, the president expressed extreme concern about the current situation. He also said that some of the attackers were slain.
He said, “Some of them were killed. But I can’t give you the number; and I don’t know the number because like they do, whenever one of them is killed, they take the corpse away, so you cannot know the number of people who have been killed. But definitely, quite a number of them were killed and many of them ran away with bullet wounds.”
The Kuje jailbreak, banditry in Katsina, as well as several assaults on the Shiroro Local Government Area in Niger State, were all discussed at the meeting called by President Buhari, according to him.