As the December deadline for the Nigerian Armed Forces to crush Boko Haram draws closer, the National Orientation Agency (NOA) has called for increased vigilance over security reports the terrorist sect is planning to attack the South-West zone of the country.
As a result of the imminent threat of attack, the NOA wrote letters to schools, religious organizations and financial institutions among others, to take proactive steps to forestall the planned Boko Haram attacks.
The security alert, which was contained in a statement signed by the Ekiti State Director of NOA, Mr. Dayo Famosaya, and made available to journalists in Ado-Ekiti, said the alarm was based on intelligence reports by security agencies.
Famosaya in the statement entitled, “Public information on security consciousness and awareness”, said the Boko Haram terrorists may have infiltrated the South-western part of the country.
“They have threatened to deploy cluster bombs in the zone and these cluster bombs are usually housed in discarded metallic materials such as can of beverages and soft drinks. The bombs may be concealed in bags or cellophane paper. And for it to have more grievous effect, they have planned to deploy these bombs in crowded places such as schools, markets, stadia, churches and mosques”, he said.
The NOA further called on members of the public to be on the look-out for people dressed in flowing apparel, saying it is the cloth of choice of Boko Haram members as it enables them to “hide their weapons”.
“As a result of these security tips, we wish to call on our religious leaders, principals of schools, officials of sports, associations and other relevant bodies to be on alert”, Famosaya said.