African Security Blog

JAMBS, Boko Haram & Federal Government Counter Terrorism Strategy

Posted by Temitope Olodo on January 7, 2013 at 12:55 PM

As we all pray for a better security situation in Nigeria for 2013, there are growing concerns about the emergence of another terror group in the country known as, Jama’atu Ansarul Muslimina fi Biladis Sudan, which roughly translates as Vanguards for the Aid of Muslims in Black Africa.



Security analyst describe the growth of this embryonic terror group JAMBS as a threat to Nigeria national security because their MO is more deadly than that of Boko Haram and they have much more closer relationships with Al Qaeda associated groups in Sub-Sahara Africa than Boko Haram…



Normally, I would have expected that Nigeria Security Services have established strong foothold in the two organisations (Boko Haram & JAMBS) by now since their insurgency activities began over three years ago but there is no evidence of that….



So, what is JAMBS likely to do differently in comparison to Boko Haram? We know that the new sect, claimed responsibility for various acts of hostage-taking and the November 26, 2012 attack on the Special Anti-robbery Squad detention centre in Abuja; with the sect linking their kidnapping activities to international behaviour of our allies.



Thus, it is clear that this new sect will not hesitate to kill Nigerians and slaughter kidnapped foreigners in Al Qaeda style approach based on reaction to events happening on the international scene.



So Nigerians are likely to witness new, dynamic and innovative terrorism attacks that we are not familiar with such as:



- Hotel bomb blast or attacks on middle class motels with a room to room search and killing spree



- CRB attack in crowded night clubs or church revivals



- Use of woman or other vulnerable youths as suicide bombers



- Abduction of foreigners and high profile politician family



So what do we need to do that we are not doing or what do we need to do differently:



- We need to develop a clear strategy with action plans to tackle Boko Haram and JAMBS narratives



- We need inclusive roundtable discussion that goes beyond political chatroom to involvement of professional and youth forum of substance



- We need better diaspora involvement that is not partisan driven but targeted at identifying solutions



Nigeria Security Services have all the money they need now to tackle the challenges ahead but requires injection of new and innovative approaches that is currently lacking...



The challenges ahead are immense and the question is simple – do our security services have the capacity to tackle and deal with this emerging terror?

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