The Force Public Relations Officer, ACP Frank Mba, has given us as insight into why Boko Haram now uses female suicide bombers, saying international terror organisations use such suicide bombers in attacks because they are less suspicious.
Mr. Mba, who was answering questions at the National Information Centre, said the use of females in suicide attacks is 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.
Mr. 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.