The Federal Government has told Nigerians to be at alert as there are plans by Boko Haram affiliate, Muslim Brotherhood, to acquire bomb-making chemicals and high-calibre weapons.
According to reports, these weapons are part of the plans by the group to perpetrate acts of terror, including attacks on banks, arms depots and prisons.
Minister of Information and Culture, Alhaji Lai Mohammed, who said this in a statement on Friday, revealed that intelligence monitoring showed that the group’s cell in Kogi State was making frantic efforts to advance its IED-making capabilities through the acquisition of chemicals such as sodium azide, potassium chlorate and aluminum powder.
The minister 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.”
Mohammed said intelligence also revealed that the group was making serious efforts to acquire sophisticated arms, including shoulder-fired rocket launchers.
He said that further intelligence monitoring also revealed that members of the Muslim Brotherhood were planning to forcefully free their members who he said “are in detention in Kogi, Abuja and Kaduna, including one Bilyaminu, an IED expert for the group who is now at Kuje prison.”
Mohammed appealed to Nigerians to be vigilant and report any suspicious persons or movements to appropriate authorities.