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“New Counter-Terrorism Strategies to Tackle Female Suicide Bombing Trend in Nigeria” – Frank Mba



Frank Mba

ABUJA (NAN) ― The Police Public Relations Officer ACP Frank Mba, on Wednesday in Abuja said international terror organisations use female suicide bombers in attacks because they are less suspicious.

Mba, who was answering questions at the National Information Centre, said the use of females in suicide attacks was not new.

“Established international terror organisations use female suicide bombers, the major reason is because women, generally raise fewer suspicion, particularly when there are security layers.

“If you have been following the trend of terrorism worldwide, you will understand that the use of a female suicide bomber is not new.

“But, it is a new trend in our own part of the world’’, he said.

The force spokesman, however, said a new counter-terrorism strategy was being developed to address the new trend in the country.

“We are developing counter-terrorism strategies to deal with that.

“By our rules of engagement and by our culture too, male security operatives generally are not allowed to search females. 

“You will see increase in female security personnel on roads and in other places where stop and search exercises are being carried out.

“Nigerians should be prepared to see more female police officers, bomb disposal experts, DSS operatives and soldiers in combat operations’’, he said.

Mba appealed to parents and Local Government authorities across the country to support efforts to stamp out street hawking by young girls, particularly among minors.

Earlier, the coordinator of the centre, Mike Omeri, said the insurgents had resorted to using young girls because something had gone wrong with their strategy.

“This trend of using young people clearly shows that there is something wrong with main recruitment arm of the insurgents.

“Citizens are becoming more aware and so the tendency is to recruit those who do not know what they are doing, young people as young as 10 years.

“Boko Haram is so deadly and this underscores the seriousness of the campaign that our country is engage in order to flush out the insurgents’’, he said. 

The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) was established by the Federal Government of Nigeria in May 1976 to gather and distribute news on Nigeria and cover events of interest to Nigeria at the international level for the benefit of the Nigerian Media and the Public.


  1. bruno

    July 30, 2014 at 10:49 pm

    Yawning,biko stop telling us things we already know and bring back our girls

  2. Mostest

    July 30, 2014 at 11:20 pm

    Bomb disposal experrts? Like the one that blew himself up in a video a while ago? Yes sir, we have heard you. Why are young girls hawking in the first place? Because of poverty and the few who choose to go to school get kidnapped, yet government does nothing. Dear government while you were arguing over PdP and APC, boko haram has been devicing new means of attacking innocent nigerians. Kontinu.

  3. Wanderer!

    July 31, 2014 at 9:26 am

    Have they considered that these ‘female suicide bombers’ may have been cohered!
    God forbid but what if these are some of the ‘chibok girls’, who have been told that they’ll be released if they can help transport the bomb to a location for the BokoHaram idots/sub-humans…and the girls agree unknowingly, not knowing the true intentions or not knowing they will meet their deaths instead.
    Worse still, they could be threatened with the harm of another family member if the refuse to do the do!
    One might ask if this is the case, why won’t the girls ask for help when in the open (out of boko haram’s camp)? Well maybe they are being monitored closely by one of them, and have been told “if you even attempt to make contact or talk to anyone, you will be shot”

    Gah, Nigeria needs a lot of strategic thinking.
    Less Idiots who have no clue what they are doing, and more qualified individuals!
    Enough said.

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