By Albert Akpor
LAGOS— REVELATIONS emerged, weekend, that the dreaded Islamic sect, Boko Haram, has undergraduates, retired and dismissed service men as members of its strike force.
This came as indications also emerged that the lone bomber who attempted to blow off the LouisEdet House, Police Force Headquarters building, Abuja was present at the commissioning of Armoured Personnel Carriers, APCs and other crime fighting aids in Maiduguri by the Inspector-General of Police, MrHafiz Ringim few days before the incident.
Sources said the ex-servicemen and students are those who go into Police barracks and stations including other security formations, gather intelligence reports about the area and report back to their leaders.
According to sources, because they carry the status of ex-service men, they are easily allowed entry into any military and para-military formations. It was gathered that the students go into police stations to lay flimsy reports at the counter with a view to ascertaining the strength as well as agility of men and officers on duty.
According to a source, “some of these undergraduate go into the stations for one reason or the other but what they are actually taking stock of is how many men and officers are in the station. Thereafter, before you know it, their members would appear and wreak havoc.
“Again, those ex-service men, who of course are aware of the weekly activities of the military and para-military, especially the police, would come into police stations on Mondays when they know that the Divisional Police Office would be briefing his men and quickly report back to their members and before you know it, they would strike. That is why it had been difficult to combat their menace.
“This added to the fact that Hajib-wearing Muslim women are some of those who carry bombs and hand grenades across any police or security checkpoint. You cannot search these women because it will amount to indecent assault.
When they pass, the explosives will be transferred to waiting members or even cripples at the gates of any security formations begging for alms. So you will discover that immediately these women pass checkpoints, explosions will happen.”
Most of the daylight shootings were being perpetrated by the ex-service men, of course, you will agree with me that no untrained man can comfortably handle SMG and even have the guts to stand before police men and start firing. The average illiterate member of Boko Haram strikes at churches and residents of perceived enemies and not security formations.”
Sources also added that the police boss utterance irked members who decided to trace him down to Abuja. The bomber even drove into the IGP”s convoy, into the premises of the Fore Headquarters and wanted to find his way to the 7th floor but for the diversion which made the explosion take placer at the motor park.
Said the source: “When he was stopped at the gate, he simply spoke in Hausa language and pointed towards IGP”s convoy and said I am with oga.”