Usman Baba, the Inspector-General of Police, reacted to militants of the Islamic State of West Africa Province (ISWAP) firing rockets into Borno villages just hours before President Muhammadu Buhari arrived in the North-East state on December 23.


“The capacity of terrorists to strike with rockets is alarming,” Baba told state house media after an emergency security council meeting presided over by Buhari at the presidential palace.

He said;

“They are launching it in major towns, they are launching it in Maiduguri. It is a concern. And it has been seriously checkmated. There are efforts to continuously checkmate it.

“Yes, they have done it, but to a large extent they have not achieved what they intended to achieve because of the situation the security agencies, particularly the military, put in place.”

He also revealed that security authorities had been able to track down the rockets’ source. Baba continued,

“Yes, it had been done before and even after. Some of those who must have planned and thrown those rockets have been taken out.”

President Buhari has also urged security forces to guarantee that insurgents are not spared, according to the police head.

He said;

“The marching orders are always the same. It has always been the same. There is no space, there is no tolerance to any threat to security.

“There is no sparing of any terrorists and there must be an intelligence gathering, there must be proactive prevention of crime and there must be checkmating of all those that are involved in criminal activities, whether it be terrorism, banditry or armed robbery or whatever and that is what we are trying to do to the best of our knowledge and ability.”