The Federal Government has raised the red-light signal about an impending massive attack by an offshoot of the dreaded Boko Haram terrorist, named the Muslim Brotherhood in parts of the country.
The Boko Haram cell, said to be based in Kogi State, in North-central Nigeria, the government, said on Friday, according to Minister of Information and Culture, Alhaji Lai Mohammed is made up largely of terrorists, who fought along the Islamic State of Libya.
Mohammed said the terrorist group, previously unknown to the country, was planning to acquire bomb-making chemicals and high-calibre weapons to perpetrate acts of terror, including attacks on banks, arms depots and prisons, urging Nigerians to be vigilant and to report any suspicious persons or movements to the appropriate authorities.
He said that intelligence monitoring revealed the frantic efforts by Muslim Brotherhood to upgrade its capability to make Improvised Explosive Devices (IEDs) by acquiring chemicals such as Sodium Azide (for producing improvised detonators), Potassium Chlorate (alternative to ammonium nitrate used for producing IEDs) and Aluminum Powder (a fuel source for amplifying explosions).
“One Usman, an IED apprentice, left the cell some time back to join Islamic State in Libya. The new desire to acquire IED precursor chemicals could suggest that Usman or other persons may have returned from Libya and have acquired IED-making skills intended to increase the activities of the group,” he said.
The minister said intelligence also revealed that the group was making serious efforts to acquire sophisticated arms, including shoulder-fired rocket launchers.
“Further intelligence monitoring has revealed that members of the Muslim Brotherhood are planning to forcefully free their members who are in detention in Kogi, Abuja and Kaduna, including one Bilyaminu, an IED expert for the group who is now at Kuje prison,” he said.