African Herald Express
28 January 2012
There is palpable tension in security circles in Jos, the
Plateau State capital, on strong intelligence that the Islamist extremist sect, Boko Haram is massing to strike . An intelligence source revealed on Friday that top police officers in strategic positions in Jos are being told of a secret plan by Boko Haram operatives to target Jos city for an overwhelming invasion, similar in degree to the large-scale violence it carried out in Plateaus State on Jan 20, 2012, which left over 200 people dead. Kano
It will be recalled that in a recent message to President Goodluck Jonathan posted on the BBC website in Hausa language by the leader of Boko Haram, Sheik Abubakar Shekau, he said that the sect was at war with Christians because of what they did to Muslims in some of the cities of the North. Shekau specifically mentioned the areas where Boko Harm members are said to be oppressed as Zango Kataf (
), Lantang and Yelwan Shandam (both Plateau). He demanded that the only condition for peace in the country was for people embrace Islam and leave according to Islamic injunctions. But an intelligence source has stated that the members of the sect might be targeting court premises and car parks for the attacks. Kaduna State
In a related development, strong indications have emerged that the Federal Government might enlist the services of international intelligence experts and US troops in its bid to arrest the raging Boko Haram insurgence in the country. Investigations showed that the FG was considering the engagement of some United States Marines, who are grounded in urban and anti-insurgency warfare to complement the efforts of Nigerian security operatives.