The Nigeria Labour Congress, NLC, has called on security agencies to beam a searchlight on some militant groups in the Niger Delta region following the recent spate of bomb attacks believed to have been perpetuated by Boko haram insurgents in Abuja.
Nigeria’s Boko Haram militants, who have pledged allegiance to the Islamic State, have claimed responsibility for a series of suicide bombings near the Nigerian capital that killed 18 people and left dozens wounded last week.
But the President of the NLC, Ayuba Wabba stated this while adding that the ongoing investigation should not be narrowed down to the Islamic insurgents, Boko haram.
He said the latest attacks were particularly dangerous as they were carried out at night and in locations where late purchases were made.
Several bomb blasts on Friday night ripped through Nyanya and Kuje, a town in the Federal Capital Territory, FCT, Abuja including one target hit twice before by Boko haram, after separate strikes in the N/East that killed at least 21.
The blasts left scores dead and severely injured with several reactions pouring in ever since.
In reaction, NLC alleged that some groups in the oil-rich region had planned to resume violent attacks against Nigerians and the Nigerian State.
The NLC President said, “One of the locations, Kuje is on the route to our major international airport. The attacks may have been a devious façade to rubbish the victories of our national army and other security agencies in the battle to rid our country of terrorism and all its residues before the global community.
“They want the world to believe our country is not safe.
“For us at the Nigeria Labour Congress, we believe these latest attacks should not weaken the morale of the forces involved in the battle against terrorism in our country, rather it should reinvigorate their fighting spirits and be seen by government as a challenge to arm our forces with more sophisticated and superior weapons both for intelligence gathering and combat.
“The freedom of those who sponsor deadly violence put the entire country on timed bombs that can explode at will. No matter how highly placed, whoever has been indicted should immediately be apprehended and reinvestigated now.”