Lagos - Alleged corruption by some military officers, reportedly
selling arms to the Boko Haram, has been cited among causes of the resurgence
of the terror group.
After a lull in attacks during the past few months, raising
hope the Islamic sect would be eliminated, the insurgents have carried out a
spate of armed attacks in the northeastern Borno State targeting military interests
The most significant of these was the September assault on
the border town of Malam Fatori, in which as many as 40 soldiers were killed,
allowing Boko Haram to temporarily regain control.
The International Peace Institute (IPI) also highlighted the
surprise rebel ambush in Malam Fatori that killed seven soldiers, including
Col. Muhammad Abu Ali, who has played a pivotal role in
recent army victories against Boko Haram.
The institute blamed this on the prevalence of corruption.
“There are allegations that military officers have been
selling weapons and supplies to Boko Haram members, and that the sect may even
be privy to military intelligence such as the movements of commanders
spearheading the fight against the Islamist movement,” the IPI stated.
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The institute stated Boko Haram’s resurgence came amid a
shift in military strategy from reclaiming insurgent-held territories to repopulating
and defending these from further rebel attacks.
It said while this seemed necessary, the capability of the
Nigerian military to eliminate the insurgency was still be constrained by inadequate
provisions of food, supplies and ammunition.
Meanwhile, IPI is wary of the further reinvigoration of the
Boko Haram if government enters a deal to release some detained members in
exchange for the scores of schoolgirls kidnapped in Chibok in 2014.
There are reports such a deal secured the recent release of
21 girls, out of over 200.
It is reported some detainees included high-ranking
militants with skills in bomb-making and strategic and tactical disciplines.
“More deals of this nature could be likely if pressure on
the government to secure the girls is maintained, ultimately leading to further
releases of extremists which could significantly reinvigorate Boko Haram’s operational
and strategic capabilities,” IPI warned.
IPI is an independent, international not-for-profit think
tank dedicated to managing risk and building resilience to promote peace,
security, and sustainable development.
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