By NDAHI MARAMA
MAIDUGURI — THE Boko Haram sect, yesterday, reacted to the statement credited to the Inspector General of Police, IGP, Hafiz Ringim, that the days of the sect members were numbered with the donation of 10 armoured personnel carriers and 10 patrol vehicles to the police by Governor Kashim Shettima of Borno State on Monday.
Ringim who was in Maiduguri to assess the security situation in Borno State, had while speaking to newsmen at the Maiduguri International Airport, said that the police and other security agencies have concluded intelligence options on how to crush the Boko Haram insurgency, not only in Borno, but the entire northern states including Kaduna, Yobe, Bauchi, Adamawa, Kano, Gombe and Borno.
Boko Haram in a statement issued in Hausa said that dialogue with Jonathan had collapsed because of the statements credited to both the Inspector General of Police and Governor Shettima during the donation of the ten Personnel Armoured Carriers, APCs by the Borno State government to fight them.
The organisation advised civilians to restrict their movements in Maiduguri and environs as well as other northern states and the FCT, as members of the sect have vowed to explore new strategies which will be very devastating.
The statement read: “Very soon, we would wage Jihad on the enemies of God and his prophet. We want to make it known that our Jihadists (warriors) have arrived Nigeria from Somalia where they got serious training on warfare from our brethren who made the country ungovernable and forced the interim government to relocate to Kenya .
“We want to assure all security agencies that we would frustrate their efforts. By the grace of God, despite the armoured carriers that they are boasting of, they are not match with the training we acquired in Somalia.”