By Charles Nwabardi
The National Security Council (NSC) has expressed concern over the ability of terrorists to fire rockets targeting areas in any part of the country.
Before the arrival of President Muhammadu Buhari on a one-day working visit on Thursday, Boko Haram fighters had fired rockets into Maiduguri, Borno State capital.
The rockets, which landed in Ngomari Ayashe community, killed four children while at least 16 persons sustained injuries in the attack.
The Inspector General of Police, Usman Alkali Baba, while responding questions from State House reporters after the Security Council meeting presided over by the President, said the ability of the terrorists to land rockets is a matter of “concern”.
He said the terrorists were, however, unable to achieve their objectives with the rocket launch on Thursday.
“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. What they have done yes, they have done it, but to a large extent, they have not achieved what they have intended to achieve because of the situation the security agencies particularly the military put in place,” he said.
On whether the security agencies had been able to determine the origin of the rockets, the police boss responded in the affirmative, saying that it had been done before and after the firing incident occurred.
He said some of the terrorist elements that launched the rockets had been eliminated.
“Yes, it had been done before and even after. Some of those who must have planned and thrown those rockets have been taken out,” he declared