UN agency alerts Nigeria on impending coordinated terrorist attacks

UN agency alerts Nigeria on impending coordinated terrorist attacks

- There is an impending coordinated terrorist attack in Nigeria

- This prediction was contained in a document by the United Nations Department for Safety and Security

- The report revealed that Boko Haram is planning to exploit the COVID-19 spread to conduct a series of coordinated simultaneous attacks

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The United Nations Department for Safety and Security (UNDSS) has alerted Nigeria on looming coordinated terrorist attacks on the nation’s critical infrastructure.

According to the UNDSS Nigeria, information received indicated an increased likelihood of terrorist activity, including the use of Improvised Explosive Devices (IEDs) and complex attacks against critical national infrastructure and High-Value Targets (HVTs) in Nigeria.

The UN agency, in its latest Security Threat Information (STI) and Advisory report on Nigeria said based on the information at its disposal, Boko Haram was likely planning to exploit the momentum of the government’s strain due to COVID-19 spread to conduct a series of coordinated simultaneous attacks and so weaken the government’s efforts.

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UN agency alerts Nigeria on impending coordinated terrorist attacks

President Buhari met Nigeria's service chiefs on Thursday, May 14 over rising insecurity cases in the country. Photo credit: Aso Rock
Source: UGC

It also said the plan seeks to disturb and distract military activities in the North-east and to gain greater local and regional attention and acceptance.

The report seen by ThisDay said: “It is assessed that we are at the beginning of the security crisis characterised by a wide spectrum of interconnected crisis (civil unrests, crime and the increasing threat of terrorism), that were fuming for quite some time and now released by COVID-19 impact on the government and population.

“In this context, the critical infrastructure are considered any of economic or security entities and their premises (petrol industry installations, banks, governmental facilities, shopping malls, hotels, etc), at any location in the country, especially state capitals, including Lagos and Abuja.

“Though the UN in Nigeria is not the primary target for the terrorist activity, it is assessed that the UN can be impacted as collaterally (while visiting governmental installations, banks, shopping malls, e.t.c.), but also as the target of opportunity, if seen to be less protected (‘soft target’).”

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In addressing the concern, the UNDSS Nigeria called for an urgent review and implementation of anti-terrorism measures in the country.

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Meanwhile, President Muhammadu Buhari on Thursday, May 14, summoned members of the National Security Council to a security meeting at the Council Chambers, State House, Abuja.

The urgent meeting was necessitated by the latest security challenges in Katsina, Nasarawa, Kaduna, and other parts of the country.

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