By Ehi Ekhator
More revelations surrounding the mass abduction of 105 schoolgirls on the 19th February 2018 by Boko Haram terrorist in Dapchi in Yobe State have emerged.
A new document obtained by Saharareporters, an online news medium on Tuesday indicated that the Nigerian Army was informed by the Defence Intelligence Agency (DIA), of a planned abduction and possibly suicide attacks in Borno and Yobe State
It was earlier learned that the kidnapped girls were taken to Kanama on the Nigerian-Nigerien border.
The memo titled “Plans by BHT To Carry Out Massive Attacks In Maiduguri And Damaturu” was signed by Brigadier-General EA Adeniyi.
The intelligence also informed the HQ of possible targeted spots. Adeniyi stated that Boko Haram was likely to attack University of Maiduguri, mosques, market, and parks in Borno.
The document also revealed that about 17 suicide bombers had been hired to carry out the attacks as well as carry out the mass abduction.
The document stated that “Available INTREP indicates that BHT’s have concluded plans to carry out large scale attacks especially suicide bombing in Maiduguri in Borno State and Damaturu in Yobe State. The most likely targets in Maiduguri are the University of Maiduguri and other public places such as markets, mosques, and parks.”
The memo also revealed that “In order to actualize the plans, about 17 suicide bombers have been infiltrated and ready to strike. Similarly, mass abduction of civilians is ongoing purportedly to be used for Personal Borne-IED (PBIED). This is in addition to Vehicle Borne-IED (VBIED) using especially Golf cars with registration numbers from states outside the North.”
To forestall peace, Adeniyi “request DHQ to cause Op LAFIYA DOLE troops to maintain high alert and vigilance to forestall these attacks. Furthermore, troups at checkpoints are to pay special attention to all golf cars while approaching the same caution.”
Despite the intelligence, troops were withdrawn from Dapchi before over 100 school girls were kidnapped by Boko Haram from an all-girls high school on Monday.
This document comes barely 24 hours after the Deputy Director (Public Relations), the Theatre Command, Colonel Onyema Nwachukwu in a statement, agreed that troops from the troubled Dapchi were withdrawn in order to reenforce another area which was under attack by the same sect.
Nwachukwu claimed that the town which was very peaceful was handed over to the Nigerian police, a statement that was denied by the Police Force who claimed there was no proper handover done to their men.
According to the Commissioner of Police, Mr. Sumou Abdulmaliki, the Nigerian police lied about handing over Dapchi to them.
The commissioner explained that Yobe State remains a security emergency which is being monitored by security agencies.