- To attack prisons across the country
The federal government has warned of advanced plan by a Boko Haram terrorist affiliate, Muslim Brotherhood Cell in the country to unleash terrorist attacks in the country.
The Minister of Information and Culture, Alhaji Lai Mohammed, in a statement on Friday, said the Islamist group modeled after its Egyptian counterpart had its Nigerian cell allegedly based in Kogi State, in North-central part of the country.
According to Mohammed, some members of the group had fought along Islamic State in Libya and were planning to acquire bomb-making chemicals and high-calibre weapons to perpetrate acts of terror, including attacks on banks, arms depots and prisons.
He stated that intelligence monitoring revealed the frantic efforts by Muslim Brother- hood to upgrade its capability to make Improvised Explosive Devices (IEDs) by acquiring chemicals such as Sodium Azide (for producing improvised detonators), Potassium Chlorate (alternative to ammonium nitrate used for producing IEDs) and Aluminum 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.
The minister also said intelligence also revealed that the group was making serious efforts to acquire sophisticated arms, including shoulder-fired rocket launchers.
”Further intelligence monitoring has revealed that members of the Muslim Brotherhood are planning to forcefully free their members who are in detention in Kogi, Abuja and Kaduna, including one Bilyaminu, an IED expert for the group who is now at Kuje prison,” he said.
Against this backdrop, Mohammed asked Nigerians to be vigilant and to report any suspicious persons or movement to the appropriate authorities.