The Nigerian Army has raised an alert for Nigerians to be more security conscious and vigilant as it revealed that some members of the Boko Haram sect now dress mad men and women to deceive the citizens and perpetuate their attack.
This was disclosed in a statement by Sani Usman, Spokesman of the Army, who revealed that the insurgents deploy the trick in order to gain access to some locations, especially in Maiduguri.
Usman also revealed that a female suicide bomber was on Sunday killed near a military checkpoint in Dikwa local government area of Borno State, when soldiers opened fire on her.
The bomber pretended to be a visitor coming from Monguno town to check on her parents in Dikwa but was exposed when soldiers on guard recalled that she had arrived from the wrong direction.
He said the female suicide bomber was killed while two soldiers and a civilian were injured in the incident.
“On Sunday 11th September 2016, evening, a suspected female suicide bomber was seen approaching troops check point located at Kara Cattle market axis, towards Antul and Mukdala, Dikwa local government area, Borno,” he said in a statement.
“She was challenged from afar by the vigilant duty sentry, she refused to stop claiming to be coming from Monguno to see her parents in Dikwa.
“Troops sensing the direction of approach was suspicious and abnormal, fired a shot at her and the sentry gallant sentry was proven right as she was carrying a Person Borne Improvised Explosive Device (PBIED) which exploded with a loud bang, killing her instantly and causing minor injury on 2 soldiers and a Civilian JTF assisting them.
“The injured soldiers and the civilian were treated and have since continued with their duties.
“The incident has shown that a few of the remaining insurgents are determined to carry out criminal acts to create panic and insecurity in some areas.
“Such remnants of the Boko Haram insurgents now disguise or pretend to be mad men or women in order to gain access to some locations especially in Maiduguri.
“Consequently, all should be very wary of any seemingly mentally unstable or mad men or women found wandering and report same.
“Therefore, it is imperative for all to be more security conscious and vigilant, especially during the Eid festivities and public holidays.”