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Boko Haram: NOA alerts on attacks on schools, religious organisations

The National Orientation Agency, (NOA) yesterday raised alarm of threat by the Boko Haram sect to attack the South-West zone of the country. The agency…

The National Orientation Agency, (NOA) yesterday raised alarm of threat by the Boko Haram sect to attack the South-West zone of the country.
The agency consequently wrote letters to schools, churches as well as mosques among other public places to take proactive measures to check the planned attacks.
Ekiti State office of the National Orientation Agency, in a statement made available to journalists in Ado-Ekiti and signed by its state Director, Mr. Dayo Famosaya, said the alarm was based on security reports.
Famosaya in the statement entitled, “Public information on security consciousness and awareness”, said the Boko Haram fighters may have infiltrated the South-western part of the country.
“They have threatened to deploy cluster bombs in the zone and these cluster bombs are usually housed in discarded metallic materials such as can of beverages and soft drinks. The bombs may be concealed in bags or cellophane paper. And for it to have more grievous effect, they have planned to deploy these bombs in crowded places such as schools, markets, stadia, churches and mosques,” he said.
The statement warned members of the public to watch out for people wearing flowing apparels, as “it is the type of cloth they wear so as to hide their weapons”.
“As a result of these security tips, we wish to call on our religious leaders, principals of schools, officials of sports, associations and other relevant bodies to be on alert,” he said.
Authorities of religious institutions, including public and private schools in Ekiti State confirmed receipt of the NOA letter and have started putting measures in place to foil any possible attack.
At the popular St-Joseph Nursery and Primary school, located along  Ajilosun area of Ado-Ekiti, inscriptions have already been placed on the walls of the school, calling on parents not to exceed the time-frame given as closing period for pupils as a result of the alert.

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