According to an alleged terror alert attributed to the Nigerian Civil Defense (NSCDC), Boko-Haram and ISWAP terrorist groups are heavily mobilising fighters and weapons for a potential onslaught of NorthWest, SouthWest and Kogi State.
The terror alert reportedly comes from a memo sighted by Uptownerd and addressed to all state commands of the Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps (NSCDC) and signed by a Mr. DD Mungadi, the DCG Operations.
Mr. DD Mungadi stated in the now viral memo that Boko Haram, ISWAP and other mushroom terror gangs have already acquired weapons including Rocket-propelled Grenade (RPG) launchers, anti-aircraft (AA) guns.
The memo titled, Re: Heightened Plots By Terrorists To Stage Coordinated Attacks in Parts of the Country, reads:
“We have received credible intelligence that Boko-Haram and the ISWAP Terrorist groups have mobilised fighters and high calibre weapons particularly Rocket-propelled Grenade (RPG) launchers, Anti-Aircraft (AA) guns and General Purpose Machine Guns (GPMGS) which they intend to deploy for the offensive in Katsina State.
“In another development, two separate bandits groups are plotting coordinated attacks on North-West, North Central and South West. (Katsina, Zamfara, Kaduna, Kogi, FCT and Lagos) respectively.
“Consequently, the commandant general has directed you to scale up deployment in all strategic places including: schools, worship centres and critical national assets in your respective states to checkmate any possible threats by these criminal elements.”
Recall that in 2020, there was an alert by the United States that the Al-Qaeda terrorist group has started penetrating Nigeria through the north-western region. This was disclosed by the Commander of the U.S. Special Operations Command, Africa, Dagvin Anderson, during a press briefing in August 2020.
In the briefing, Anderson pointed out the US will continue to partner with Nigeria in sharing intelligence.
“We have engaged with Nigeria and continue to engage with them in intel sharing and in understanding what these violent extremists are doing,” he said.
“And that has been absolutely critical to their engagements up in the Borno State and into an emerging area of northwest Nigeria that we’re seeing al-Qaida starting to make some inroads in.”
Little remains to be seen of the talked about collaboration since the alert. However, a lot can be seen of the insecurity, devastation and destruction wrought by Boko Haram, ISWAP and bandits as well as the inability of the the Muhammadu Buhari led government to decisively tackle the menace. The terror gangs are bolder now and are courageously waging a war against the Nigerian state with no holds barred.