The Federal Govern-ment has alerted Nigerians
on the plan by a Boko Haram affiliate, Muslim
Brotherhood Cell in Kogi State, to acquire bomb-
making chemicals and high-calibre weapons to
perpetrate acts of terror, including attacks on
banks, arms depots and prisons.
In a statement issued in Abuja yesterday, the
Minister of Information and Culture, Alhaji Lai
Mohammed, said intelligence monitoring has
shown that the cell is making frantic efforts to
advance its IED-making capability through the
acquisition of such chemicals as Sodium Azide
(for producing improvised detonators), Potassium
Chlorate (alternative to ammonium nitrate used
for producing IEDs) and Aluminium Powder (a fuel
source for amplifying explosions).
‘’One Usman, an IED apprentice, left the cell
some time back to join Islamic State in Libya. The
new desire to acquire IED precursor chemicals
could suggest that Usman or other persons may
have returned from Libya and have acquired IED-
making skills intended to increase the activities of
the group,’’ he said.
According to the Minister, intelligence gathered
also revealed that the group is making serious
efforts to acquire sophisticated arms, including
shoulder-fired rocket launchers.