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FG Adopts New Intelligence Tactics to Address Suicide Bombings, Bandits

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Worried by rising spate of suicide bomb attacks being carried out by terrorist group, Boko Haram in parts of the north-east, the federal government has adopted a new approach driven by intelligence gathering in addressing the menace.

President Muhammadu Buhari on Wednesday approved the establishment of an Intelligence Fusion Centre in Maiduguri, capital of Borno state, one of the states most affected by the terrorist attacks.

The presidency, in a statement signed by the president’s senior special assistant on media and publicity, Garba Shehu, said the new intelligence fusion centre would work to tackle what it referred to as “the desperate actions of Boko Haram terrorists in the North-east.”

The government had in the past claimed a technical victory over the islamist sect but the group has in recent weeks deployed many underage girls as suicide bombers, causing havoc in various parts of the north-east. The most recent attack in Mubi, Adamawa state early on Tuesday left at least 50 people dead.

It is hoped that the new approach would help track down members of the sect and hapless hostages strapped with explosives before attacks are launched. The intelligence fusion centre is similarly expected to gather and share intelligence among the security agencies in the country for the purpose of neutralising the threat the islamist sect poses.

This phase of the war will be intelligence-driven and the new centre is expected to intensify the harvesting and sharing of intelligence so as to bring to an early closure, the desperate last-minute activities of the terrorists,” Shehu said.

Meanwhile, President Buhari on Wednesday also ordered a military crackdown on bandits operating in rural communities in Zamfara State, following fresh attacks on some communities in Shinkafi and Maradun local government areas. The presidential directive is to be carried out by troops from a full battalion of Special Forces stationed in Zamfara state.

Shehu in his statement revealed that President Buhari also approved the operationalisation of the newly-established 8 Division of the Nigerian Army in Sokoto in the new Order of Battle (OBAT) as well as the movement of the 1 Brigade of the Nigerian Army from Sokoto to Gusau upon the take-off of the 8 Division to effectively deal with the bandits.

 

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