The Defence headquarters yesterday alerted Nigerians of new devilish plots by the Boko Haram terrorist group to perpetrate more havoc by hiding improvised explosive devices in vegetable and fruits trucks used by vendors selling such fruits.

Consequently it advised Nigerians to be vigilant, not to fall prey to such deceit.

A statement signed by the Director of Defence Information, Brig-General Rabe Abubakar said, “In continuation with the sensitization of our citizens on the devilish strategy of the terrorists, the Nigerian Military authorities have discovered that the Boko Haram terrorists are determined to continue letting off bombs and have resorted to masquerading as fruits and vegetable vendors wheeling Improvised Explosive Devices (IEDs) as groceries into crowded areas.

“The terrorists now hide IEDs under vegetable wares in carts and wheelbarrows and move to crowded places where they detonate them for maximum casualties. The recent terrorists attack in the North East is a case in point.

“Having been effectively dislodged and decimated the BH terror group has begun some systematic isolated attacks mainly on soft targets in their desperation to remain relevant.

“The Defence Headquarters hereby advises the general public to constantly be alert to this latest terrorist tactics and to report promptly any suspicious persons or objects to the nearest security agency.

“While commending the general public and the media for their continuous support so far, all citizens are once again reminded that security is everybody’s concern therefore, they should join hands with the security agencies to eliminate the remnant of the terrorists.

Meanwhile, the Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Defence, Amb Danjuma Sheni has reiterated that the welfare of troops remains paramount and all necessary due process would be followed to achieve this in the battle against insecurity in the country.
Ambassador Sheni disclosed this during a courtesy visit to the Chief of Defence Staff, General Gabriel Olonisakin, at the Defence Headquarters, Abuja.
A statement signed by the Acting Director of Defence Information, Brig-General Rabe Abubakar quoted the Perm. Sec. as saying he was in the Defence Headquarters to boost the morale of the military personnel and to get acquitted with the Chief of Defence Staff and the Principal Staff Officers.

He explained that defence sector is a very important ministry as far as national security is concerned and the troops’ sacrifice in the ongoing war against insurgency remains praise-worthy.
He then pledged an unflinching support to Defence Headquarters and its operations.
In his remark, General Olonisakin expressed appreciation for the visit and lauded the Ministry on its efforts to motivate the troops through welfare package.

He used the occasion to further solicit for more and better accommodation for service personnel.
He also urged the Ministry of Defence to specially look into the troops’ welfare through the actualization of life assurance and other packages for them.


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