Just as the election days is drawing near, the Federal Government has raised alarm that Boko Haram insurgents are planning to attack political rallies, mosques, churches, Automated Teller Machines, restaurants and other places where people gather with explosive-laden goats, donkeys, camels and even young boys disguised as cobblers.
Mr. Mike Omeri, the Coordinator of the National Information Centre on the war against terrorism, announced this at a press briefing in Abuja recently.
“Available intelligence reports indicate a plan by Boko Haram to use young male suicide bombers disguised as cobblers to hide explosives in their tool boxes and detonate them in soft target areas such as markets, restaurants, ATM locations, political rallies, worship centers, as well as other public places. Also, there is indication of a plan by this group to use livestock such as goats, cows, donkeys and camels laden with explosives to attack chosen targets. In view of these, the general public, including all persons within and around the aforementioned places, is advised to be vigilant and mindful of suspicious activities within their environment,” he said. He however said security agencies and related organisations had been alerted to take necessary steps to forestall such attacks.