By Evelyn Usman
Federal Government has been advised to change its counter-terrorism strategy from the current law enforcement-reactive model to a security pro-active model, with a view to minimising casualties each time Boko Haram sect strikes.
A chartered security expert, Dr. Ona Ekhomu, gave the advice, yesterday, in Lagos. He expressed fear of a likely re-occurrence of the Madalla Christmas day bomb explosion on January 1, 2012.
Ona called on the Federal Government not to just aim at arresting and prosecuting members of the Boko Haram sect after they must have committed the act, but to adopt measures to prevent the attacks.
Calling on security agencies to be on their toes, Ona said: “Since Boko Haram struck on Christmas day, they may likely strike on New Year’s day. This is based on the fact that terrorists struck on Christmas eve and New Year’s Eve in 2010. However, the suicide terrorists changed to Christmas day this year.
“Since past is prologue to the future and the masters of Boko Haram tend to strike on anniversaries and on celebration days in order to maximise fatalities, they will probably carry out more spectacular attacks on New Year’s day 2012.”
Ekhomu regretted that despite intelligence report on the sect’s intention to attack churches on Christmas day, nothing was done to stop them.