Intelligence reports put terrorists at over 20 locations in South-West states of Nigeria. In view of this, detectives specialized in intelligence have been put on their trail in Lagos, Ogun, Oyo, Ondo and Ekiti states, and have been tasked with locating the terror cells.
You’d recall that a street in Ijora, Lagos, was raided Thursday where a terror cell of the Islamist sect, Boko Haram, was uncovered.
Soldiers who stormed two houses in the community arrested five suspects and recovered bombs and AK-47 rifles.
Following the arrest of the suspects who were transferred to Abuja on Friday, security agents are on the trail of similar cells that are scattered in the South-West.
According to a top security source; “What happened in Lagos was a tip of the iceberg. There are at least 20 other terror cells in locations across the South-West, particularly Lagos and Ogun states.
“Agents have been sent to areas suspected to be harbouring them, especially communities where there is an aggregation of aliens.”
Similarly, a top State Security Service official, who pleaded anonymity, said terrorists were moving to the South, following incessant raids on their hideouts in Borno, Yobe and other states in the core North by the Joint Task Force.
“In the last one year, many terrorists have been going southward because of the heat on them by the JTF in the North.
“The operation in Lagos was between the SSS and the Army. The Federal Government has instructed the soldiers to give our men a prompt response at all time, whenever we need them. More of such collaborative efforts will be seen in the coming weeks.”
Security operatives in the states listed as possible hideouts of terrorists in the South West had since swung into action. In Ondo, police authorities confirmed that some communities had been put under watch.
The Public Relations Officer of the state command, Mr. Wole Ogodo, said, “The discovery of bombs and members of the Boko Haram sect in Lagos is disturbing and worrisome. Our intelligence officers and those in the information management technology department are now all over the state. Apart from Hausa-dominated areas, we are also in crime-prone areas just to ensure that we don’t leave anything to chance”
Also in Ogun State, Police PRO Muyiwa Adejobi, said apart from plainclothes policemen and operatives of the SSS that were carrying out covet operations, students were also being asked to give information of suspicious movement in the state.
“It will affect everybody if we allow some strangers to come and destroy us in Ogun State. We are focusing on all ethnic groups in the state. Boko Haram is not limited to the Hausa people alone. It is all-encompassing. So, we are not limiting our focus to the Hausa community alone.
“But the plainclothes men are working hand-in-hand with the SSS to make sure we have robust intelligence gathering which will help us in taking any decision we want to take.
“We had a meeting today (Friday) with security agencies, including the vigilance services. We are incorporating everybody, including members of the public. We have a body now called Police Students’ Forum. We are even using the students to see what we can do. We are doing what we call multi-track diplomacy. It’s our own strategy. It’s left for us for full implementation and not for your consumption,” he said.
It was gathered that the polce in Oyo, Ekiti had also followed suit, increasing their defences and picking on every intelligence report.