Thursday, September 22, 2011

Boko Haram: Police hid bomb warnings from Presidency

22 September 2011

Chiefs of the nation’s security agencies were in panic mode on Wednesday following shocking revelations by the co-founder of the Jama’atu Ahlis Sunna Lidda’awati wal-Jihad, a.k.a Boko Haram, Aliyu Tishau.

A source in the Presidency told one of our correspondents that the information that Tishua claimed to have given to the police was not made available to other security agencies. The source, who requested anonymity because of the sensitive nature of the case, said the National Security Adviser’s office and the State Security Service were not informed about the warnings. He added that the non-disclosure of the advance warnings ensured that the Presidency couldn’t act to prevent the bombings.

The source, a senior Presidency official, spoke against the background of criticisms that have trailed the accusations of negligence levelled against the government by the Boko Haram leader.

Tishau on Tuesday on an African Independent Televison interview programme, said that he had warned the police authorities about some bombings before they took place. The warnings, which he said were often specific, were ignored.

He also alleged that he had informed the police authorities about the planned bombing of the force headquarters three days before the incident, stressing that the terror attacks were caused by the negligence of the government and security agencies.

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