Boko Haram Now Planning Abduction For Ransom, FG Warns

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The Federal Government on Friday
issued a security alert that Boko Haram terrorists were planning another
sensational abduction of pupils/students or foreigners in a desperate effort to
raise funds through ransom.
The Minister of Information and
Culture, Alhaji Lai Mohammed, said this in a statement issued in Abuja by his
Special Adviser on Media, Mr Segun Adeyemi.
“Boko Haram terrorists who have
been beaten and put on the run by the military, are planning another sensational
abduction of pupils/students or foreigners in a desperate effort to raise
funds, through ransom, for food, medical and arms supply.

“The kidnap of the Chibok girls in 2014 which
attracted global attention to the terrorist group is what it is now trying to
repeat, hoping it can find vulnerable targets, especially schools, or a group
of foreigners outside the frontline states.
“The plan by Boko Haram is also
part of an overall strategy by the terrorists to seek to negatively impact on
the psyche of the gallant troops who have routed them (terrorists) from their
stronghold.
“And also give the impression that
they have not been largely defeated by the December 2015 deadline given by this
Administration to effectively degrade the insurgency in the North-East.
“This is why we have decided to
issue this alert to enable the authorities of both public primary and secondary
schools in remote locations, particularly in the Northern states, to upgrade
their security arrangements,’’ the minister said.

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