The federal government has alerted Nigerians to the plan by a Boko Haram affiliate called the Muslim Brotherhood to attack Nigerians and public places.
The government says the group is already acquiring bomb-making chemicals and high-calibre weapons to perpetrate acts of terror.
Their targets include banks, arms depots and prisons, according to a statement issued in Abuja on Friday, February 10 by the minister of information and culture, Alhaji Lai Mohammed.
According to the minister, intelligence monitoring has shown that the cell is making frantic efforts to advance its IED-making capability through the acquisition of such chemicals as
1. Sodium Azide (for producing improvised detonators),
2. Potassium Chlorate (alternative to ammonium nitrate used for producing IEDs) and
3. 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 increasethe activities of the group,'' Mohammed said.
He added that the intelligence also revealed that the group is 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.
The minister appealed to Nigerians to be vigilant and to report any suspicious persons or movements to the appropriate authorities.
FG warn Nigerians of possible attacks by new terrorist group
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