Boko Haram: Abuja Residents Warned Of New Disguise By Insurgents

Boko Haram: Abuja Residents Warned Of New Disguise By Insurgents ••

Abuja residents in the Kuje Area Council metropolis have disclosed that Boko Haram insurgents have employed new tactics after discovering a street beggar in possession of dangerous weapons.

According to the Chairman of the Council, Alhaji Abdullahi D. Galadima, after dangerous weapons were allegedly found in possession of one of the beggars in the metropolis recently, residents were thrown into panic.

Galadima said the disabled person was found with a pistol and some explosives, adding that the discovery was a dangerous shift in Boko Haram tactics.

While addressing newsmen in his office, Galadima said the Council has concluded plans to ban street begging and clear the destitute within the metropolis.

“If not for God’s intervention who exposed that beggar, Kuje would have been in another mourning mood now,” he said.

The chairman disclosed that the council would repatriate all the beggars back to their respective home states, and therefore, called on residents of the council to be vigilant at all times and report any suspicious and strange faces to security agents in the area. He also urged house owners to be wary of the kind of visitors they host in their homes.

Meanwhile, the U.S. Department of State has commended the Nigerian government for its efforts in combating Boko Haram insurgents.

In its terrorism report released on Wednesday, July 2016, the agency said the Nigerian government took steps to increase its counter-Boko Haram efforts in 2016.

The report also detailed the activities of Boko Haram in Nigeria, the Lake Chad Basin region, and other terrorist groups in 103 countries.

“Nigeria continued to work with other Boko Haram-affected neighbors in the Multi-National Joint Task Force (MNJTF) that facilitated collaboration and coordination on counter-Boko Haram efforts,” it said.

According to the report, in the Lake Chad Basin, the MNJTF, comprising Benin, Cameroon, Chad, Niger, and Nigeria, successfully coordinated defeat-ISIS-West Africa and counter-Boko Haram efforts that increased pressure on the groups.

“Although degraded, Boko Haram continued an asymmetric campaign of kidnappings, killings, bombings, suicide bombers, and attacks on civilian and military targets throughout northeast Nigeria, resulting in a significant number of deaths, injuries, and destruction of property,” it said.

The report pointed out that states where attacks occurred most frequently were in the northeast, particularly Adamawa and Borno, adding that many Chibok schoolgirls still remained in captivity, “although some of them were found and the Government of Nigeria successfully negotiated the release of some”.

In Adamawa, Bauchi, Borno, Gombe, Taraba, and Yobe states, terrorist activity accounted for the displacement of nearly two million persons.

The report stated that the Nigerian government continued to facilitate the return of internally displaced persons to their home communities. However, it added that “sometimes, adequate security and appropriate conditions were not put in place for safe, informed, voluntary returns.”

“In partnership with international donors, the Nigerian government set up several institutions to coordinate the reconstruction of areas destroyed by the conflict in the northeast,” it said.

It noted that an Interdisciplinary Assistance Team comprising personnel from the Department of State, the Department of Defense, the Federal Bureau of Investigation, and the U.S. Agency for International Development.

The report said the team continued to work from the U.S. Embassy in Abuja, closely coordinating efforts with the Nigerian military at the Defence Intelligence Agency.

“Boko Haram carried out dozens of attacks in Nigeria through suicide bombings against civilians or attacks against Nigerian military,” it said, documenting more notable ones from Jan. 28 to Dec. 9, 2016.

“The Nigerian government actively cooperated with the United States and other international partners to prevent further acts of terrorism in Nigeria against U.S. citizens, citizens of third countries, and Nigerian citizens.

“Nigerian law enforcement agencies cooperated with the U.S. FBI to assist with counter terrorism investigations, including disruptions, information sharing, and interviews,” the report said.

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