The nation’s top security chiefs are reviewing the nation’s counter-terrorism tactics with an intention of coming up with a better approach to curb the reoccurrence in terrorist attacks in Northern Nigeria.
A security sources told said that their aim was to come up with a new tactic to put an end to terrorist attacks, which took another worrisome dimension with Monday’s bombing of a busy motor park in Sabon Gari, Kano, patronized by southern-bound passengers.
Reacting to the incident, the State Security Service (SSS) blamed the bombing of the bus station on Nigerians for not being security conscious. while the Action Congress of Nigeria (ACN) called for restraint to avoid further bloodletting in the country. On their part, the Emir of Kano, Alhaji Ado Bayero, urged the federal government to bring those behind Monday’s attacks to justice while Abia State Governor, Chief Theodore Orji, urged the Igbos to consider relocating home since it appears that their lives and property are no longer safe in the north.
The sources, who expressed concern over northern leaders’ perceived indifference to the spate of terrorists attacks in their region, which he said was encouraging members of Boko Haram, who are suspected to be behind the fresh onslaught, said the security agencies were on high alert to avoid attacks during the Easter celebration. In furtherance of the effort to check attacks on targets during the Easter celebration, the source said some black spots had been identified and security would be boosted in the areas before the celebration.
They said some northern leaders had been placed under surveillance in view of some of the comments they have made to justify the activities of Boko Haram.
They however refused to name those whose activities or utterances have come under the searchlight of the security agencies. The security sources confirmed that the current security situation in the country was grave and is giving those in charge cause for great concern, adding that security agencies had devised alternative tactics to tackle terror after reviewing recent developments in the country.
When asked what the new tactics were, one source said: “We cannot discuss operational strategy in the newspapers. The terrorists who are less trained don’t give out their strategies to you (media) they only give you video of what they want you to use.”