Federal Govt issues security caution, says Boko Haram arrangements snatching for payoff

Press statement from the office of the Minister of Information and Culture

The Federal Government warned on Friday that Boko Haram terrorists, who
have been beaten and put on the run by the military, are planning
another sensational abduction of pupils/students or foreigners in a
desperate effort to raise funds, through ransom, for food, medical and
arms supply.

In a statement issued in Abuja, the Minister of Information and Culture,
Alhaji Lai Mohammed, said the planned abduction is in line with the
terrorists’ new modus operandi of focusing on soft targets, having being
routed from their stronghold and their capacity to stage spectacular
attacks substantially degraded.

He
said while the largely defeated terrorists have now concentrated their
attacks on soft targets, like motor parks, schools and entertainment
centres, they have been decimated to a level that they are now incapable
of staging spectacular attacks like they used to do.
”The
kidnap of the Chibok girls in 2014, which attracted global attention to
the terrorist group, is what it is now trying to repeat, hoping it can
find vulnerable targets, especially schools, or a group of foreigners
outside the frontline states.
”The plan by
Boko Haram is also part of an overall strategy by the terrorists to
seek to negatively impact on the psyche of the gallant troops who have
routed them (terrorists) from their stronghold and also give the
impression that they have not been largely defeated by the December 2015
deadline given by this Administration to effectively degrade the
insurgency in the North-east.
”This is why
we have decided to issue this alert to enable the authorities of both
public primary and secondary schools in remote locations, particular in
the Northern states, to upgrade security arrangements.
”It
is also aimed at alerting the general public, operators of hotels and
entertainment centres, motor parks and similar facilities to also
upgrade their security arrangements for the holidays,” the Minister
said.
He assured that the Federal
Government will build on the successes recorded by the military, which
has largely met the deadline to degrade the capability of Boko Haram.
”Smoked
out of their hideouts and badly bruised by our gallant military, the
Boko Haram terrorists are desperate, especially in the face of the
depletion of their food supplies. In their desperation, they will not
hesitate to embark on actions they feel can still make them relevant or
enhance their survival. But the military is ready and able to prevent
that,” the Minister said.
Segun Adeyemi
SA to Hon. Minister of Information and Culture
Abuja
Dec. 18th 2015

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