Some 45 Boko Haram suspects have been charged over a foiled attack in the commercial capital of Lagos, Nigeria. The news came weeks after the country’s intelligence pushed for increased security in Lagos as the terrorist group, which fights to establish a caliphate throughout the occupied territories, had plotted to carry out attacks on ports around the city.
About 60 suspects were initially arrested by the Department of State Services (DSS) in relation to a planned attack at the luxury Dolphin Estate in Ikoyi, Lagos, in September. Sources who spoke under condition of anonymity told AFP some suspects were released after preliminary investigations. The remaining 45 were brought to a magistrate’s court on 23 October.
Lagos State Information Commissioner Steve Ayorinde called for the help of the public in Lagos to ensure the safety of citizens. He was quoted as saying: “Our appeal goes to every school, housing estates, religious houses, markets and shopping complexes, hotels and restaurants and sporting arenas to take issues of security and personal safety more seriously these days and to work with both the government and security agencies in promptly reporting any persons with suspicious activities or unusual gatherings that may compromise security. Care must also be taken in how domestic servants and house aides are also employed.”
Boko Haram has killed more than 17,000 people since its insurgency became violent in 2009. The group carries out attacks mainly in northern Nigeria and neighbouring Cameroon, Chad and Niger.