Theatre Commander Charges Security Agencies To Step Up Their Game Against Boko Haram
The Theatre Commander Operation Lafiya Dole, Major General Rogers Nicholas, called on all Security Agencies and other security stakeholders in Borno state to be more proactive in their operations to curb Boko Haram Improvised Explosive Device (IED) attacks on vulnerable and soft targets in Maiduguri town and Borno state in general. Gen Nicholas made the call during a security meeting with Heads of Security Agencies in Maiduguri. Stressing that all hands must be on deck to proactively checkmate the terrorists, the Theatre Commander urged all security agencies to do more by locating and identifying Boko Haram terrorists’ IED factories and couriers, through intelligence driven operations. He stressed the need to maintain regular cordon and search operations in areas suspected of harbouring IED factories.
Identifying the use of tricycles aka Keke as a means employed by the terrorists for transporting IED materials and Person Borne IEDs by the terrorists, it was unanimously resolved at the security meeting that only tricycles painted yellow will be allowed in Maiduguri, while each of the other communities will use different colours in order to facilitate easy Identification of the community from which a tricycle emanates. This resolution, the Theatre commander noted will not come into force, until after due consultation with the Borno State Government.
Gen Nicholas reiterated the expedience of establishing Neighborhood Watches in each community to compliment the efforts of the security agencies in the state. He added that communities must be resilient in ensuring that they are not infiltrated by suicide bombers.
One of the sources of funding for the terrorists identified in the security meeting is the money accruing from leasing of houses owned by Boko Haram terrorists in Maiduguri town. A compilation of such Boko Haram owned houses, it was agreed by the security agencies, should be made by the Department of State Service in Borno state.
Additionally, persons engaged in the sales of fire wood in Borno state have been urged to register with the Fire Wood Sellers Association in the state as unregistered persons will soon be denied movement of fire wood in and out of Maiduguri metropolis. The Theatre Commander made the plea, while pointing out that the need to regulate the activities of wood sellers became inevitable as it has been fingered as one of the means by which Boko Haram terrorists covertly convey their IED making materials. He urged all security operatives to be more vigilant and maintain high level of alertness to be able to counter Boko Haram terrorists Person Borne IED attacks.
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