Nigerian military reveals Boko Haram’s new tactics to bomb Nigerians

Chief of Defence Staff, Abayomi Gabriel Olonishakin

The Nigerian military on Saturday alerted Nigerians to a new tactic it said Boko Haram terrorists have adopted in launching successful suicide bombings in locations in the North-west.

In a statement made available to PREMIUM TIMES, the spokesperson for the defence headquarters, Rabe Abubakar, said terrorists, known for using young female suicide bombers to launch attacks, have now switched to disguising as mad people to infiltrate locations.

Mr. Abubakar, a brigadier general, said, “It has come to the notice of the Defence Headquarters that Boko Haram, in their desperation to cause colossal havoc, have now devised a new method where they dress like mad persons to gain unsuspecting access to public areas to detonate bombs.

“The two male suicide bombers, dressed like mad women and carried out suicide bomb attack in Gombi, Adamawa State, is instructive in this direction. Five people lost their lives and several others were wounded in the heinous attack by these ungodly people.

“The Defence Headquarters therefore urges our fellow good citizens across the country to be wary of mad persons approaching markets, public places or crowded areas so as to nip this ugly trend in the bud. 

“Nigerians are also enjoined to be security conscious at all times and should endeavour to report any suspicious person or object to security agencies for prompt action.”  

Meanwhile, a concerned group of Nigerians in Diaspora, based in the United Kingdom, has pledged to work with the Nigerian military through intelligence gathering and development of software needed for the counter-insurgency operations in the North East. 

The group, led by the Chairperson of the House of Representative Committee on Diaspora matters, Rita Orji, made this pledge at the Defence Headquarters Abuja, during the presentation of an award to the Chief of Defence Staff, Gabriel Olonisakin.

Ms. Orji stated said the award was given to Mr. Olonisakin, a general, in appreciation of the gallantry and doggedness of the military in keeping the nation united despite predictions of a break-up of Nigeria before the 2015 general elections.

She noted that Nigerians in Diaspora acknowledged the sacrifices members of the Armed Forces were rendering towards keeping Nigeria safe from insurgency and insecurity. 

The award of gallantry presented to the Chief of Defence Staff, according to Ms. Orji, was to say thank you to the members of the Armed Forces through the CDS so as to spur the military to do more.

Receiving the award, Mr. Olonisakin thanked the group for identifying with the military, especially at this trying period in the nation’s history. 

He said the award was for the Nigerian military, both the dead and the living, as well as members of their families who also bore the brunt of the insecurity in the North East and other parts of the country.

The defence chief noted that terrorism was a global phenomenon and therefore urged Nigerians in the diaspora and international community to rise up to challenges and join hands to wage war against insurgency and terrorism. 

Present at the occasion, apart from the group of Nigerians in diaspora, were some members of the House of Representatives Committee on Diaspora matter and the principal staff officers of the defence headquarters.


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  • Artful ºDodger

    No one predicted the break up of Nigeria before 2015 general election. That was a misconception and illusions in the heads of the semi literate to the illiterate in the society about a report which does not in any way represent the views of the US government publish in 2005.

  • TrueNigerian

    Time to work with the American motto of “Trust no one but God”.

  • Shugaba Nkasa

    “The Defence Headquarters therefore urges our fellow good citizens
    across the country to be wary of mad persons approaching markets, public
    places or crowded areas so as to nip this ugly trend in the bud”

    Perhaps this will curb Nigerians habit of hugging and kissing every mad person they see on the road.

  • westernrollings

    West.bokos have no level there.
    I never see any one who will welcome them in that axis.

  • Peter_Edo

    wow, mad people are about to get scorned!

  • Otile

    Imam Abubakar Shekau has no intention of bombing the North West anything. Imam is only trying to liberate his people from corrupt Fulani domination. Take what everything you hear from Aboki Ibrahim Rabe with a grain of salt. Imam Shekau, Allah ya gafatta Mallam.

    • Gugurus Ekpa


      Is your diaper soaked again? Do you need me to change your diapers for you?

      • Otile

        Diaper sniffer, how you dey?

        • Gugurus Ekpa

          With you soaked diapers, how could you possibly understand how I was doing? Your immediate need might be to replace your soaked diaper, right?

  • Iskacountryman

    very soon they would turn into goats and carry bomb tied to their necks past checkpoints…

  • Anonymous

    Nigerian government need to create SIS (Secret Intelligence Service) just like KGB, CIA, & MI6. That’s the only way to obliterate Bokoharm and their hidden ally.

  • kingsley appah


    • repost2

      “Today, i can report to you that the entire 70 plus kilometres stretch from Maiduguri
      to Bama and all the way to Banki which leads to Cameroun and the Central
      African Republic are in the hands of our gallant troops. They have so degraded
      the capacity of Boko Haram that the terrorists can no longer hold on to any
      territory just as they can no longer carry out any spectacular attack.”

      ………….Lai Muhammed of APC

      [December 23, 2015]


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    Air support has played an important role in finding and attacking Boko Haram militants and their camps and this too has been boosted by recent deliveries. Russia has supplied numerous aircraft to Nigeria, including three Mi-35M/Hind Es in 2014, six armed Mi-171Sh transport helicopters in 2012, six Mi-35M combat helicopters in 2013 and 12 Mi-171Sh helicopters in 2014.

    Three Beechcraft King Air 350is were delivered to the Nigerian Air Force from the United States last year, as well as two AgustaWestland A101 VIP helicopters from the United Kingdom. In the last couple of months Gazelle helicopters have been seen operating in Nigeria while at least two second-hand Alpha Jet light attack/trainer aircraft are being acquired from the United States.

    Further arms acquisitions are planned for Nigeria, with President Goodluck Jonathan pledging support for the military. Last year Jonathan sought approval for a $1 billion loan to improve the Nigerian military as it combats Boko Haram, which has killed thousands and abducted hundreds since the group launched its violent campaign for a breakaway Islamic state in mid-2009, threatening the stability of Africa’s biggest economy and top oil producer as well as that of the entire region. However, recent gains have been made with the assistance of Nigeria’s neighbours, notably Cameroon, Chad and Niger, who have also been affected by Boko Haram’s activities along their borders.

    Apart from the Boko Haram insurgency, the Nigerian Navy is tasked with safeguarding its oil assets offshore and in the vast Niger Delta. Security experts from the International Maritime Bureau say the waters off Nigeria are now the deadliest on earth, surpassing Somalia on Africa’s east coast, which gained notoriety due to months-long hijackings, high-cost ransoms, and US-led rescue missions. Several crewmembers have been killed in recent months in attacks on tankers off Nigeria.

    Earlier this year it emerged that there are foreign military advisors, believed to be from South Africa and the former Soviet Union, advising and instructing the Nigerian military and maintaining its new hardware. The appearance of foreign private security contractors comes four months after Nigeria’s ambassador to the United States said Washington was not helping the struggle against Boko Haram, and had failed to share intelligence and sell Nigeria the weapons it needed. Nevertheless, it appears Nigeria still plans to take delivery of the former US Navy survey ship John McDonnell, while its allies make use of United States-supplied intelligence and equipment.