Nigerian Minister of Information and Culture, Lai Mohammed, on Friday raised the alarm over planned attacks by Muslim Brotherhood, an affiliate of the insurgency group, Boko Haram.
The group is said to be acquiring bomb-making chemicals, high-calibre weapons and other sophisticated weapons like shoulder-fired rocket launchers for use in attacks against banks, arms depots and prisons.
This was disclosed in a statement the minister released on Friday, explaining that intelligence monitoring has proven that the cell is intensifying efforts to improve its IED-making capability through the acquisition of such chemicals as Sodium Azide (for producing improvised detonators), Potassium Chlorate (alternative to ammonium nitrate used for producing IEDs) and Aluminium Powder (a fuel source for amplifying explosions).
Mohammed said, “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.
“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.’’
The minister therefore appealed to Nigerians to be extra careful and be prompt to report any suspicious persons or movements to security operatives.
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