“I am from Nassarawa state and my brother who was a Mobile Police Corporal served in Bayelsa State. His name was Aliyu Clement and he died in November 2011.When he came to the village, he fell sick and died. We sent signal to Bayelsa but the signal was said to have stopped on the way.” – stated the arrested man under interrogation who gave his name as John Apovan. He stated that the suspected bombs and ammunition belonged to his late brother who was a corporal with the Police Mobile Force in Bayelsa. He added also that he had decided to bring the package to Abuja to the Federal Minister of Information and Communication because he was afraid to go to the police.
But more details made available to 247ureports.com through sources close to the dreaded Islamic group, the Boko Haram, indicates that man did not go to attack the top officials gathered at the Ministry of Information – comprising of the ministers of Information, Labaran Maku; Aviation, Princess Stella Oduah and Youths, Mallam Bolaji Abdullahi who were presenting their achievements at the Ministerial Platform in commemoration of the forth-coming Democracy Day and first anniversary of the administration of President Goodluck Jonathan.
The source revealed that the security operatives may have mistakenly and maybe unknowningly stumbled onto the modus operandi of the Boko Haram.
He explains that the arrested man, ‘John Apovan from Nasarawa State’, was not part of the attack soldiers. “He was not there to attack. His job was to smuggle the material into the premises“.
The gentle and responsible demeanor of the arrested man, ‘John Apovan from Nasarawa State’, as learnt, was the reason he was used to smuggle the weapons into the Radio House compound – and plant them somewhere for the would-be attackers on a later date.
As informed, the would-be attackers would pose a high security risk to have them carry the weapons on themselves. The weapons/exposives were to be planted carefully inside the compound – for the attackers to use -on the selected day of attack.
The source pointed to the attack at Bayero University Old Campus Kano as an example.
He reveals that the attack in Kano was staged in phases. “Women with children tied to their backs were used to smuggle attack materials into the campus” said the source who continued to explain that the security men stationed at the Gate were not concerned with searching such women thoroughly but “other means of smuggling were also used“. He explained that the discovery of unused explosives and ammunitions at the attack site at Bayero University Kano days later – were indicative that the weapons were planted there before the day of the attack – by other persons.
Interestingly, one of the persons used to smuggle materials into the campus has been fingered to be a man from Calabar, Mr. Effiong.
The source also revealed that the recent attempt at peace dialogue with a faction of the Boko Haram based in Borno State – the Ali Jos faction – may have not settled well with the Shekau led Boko Haram. Already, the Shekau led Boko Haram had sent out signals to the Federal Government of the dangers of dialoguing with the Ali Jos group. It is suspected that the Shekau group may embark on an intensified mission to prove their dominance of the Ali Jos faction.
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