Beware of auto-mechanic and car wash centres across the country, a bomb might just have been planted there.
This warning came in the aftermath of the heavy casualties inflicted on Boko Haram insurgents in recent weeks, as indications emerged that the group is recruiting auto-mechanic and car wash operators across the country to use their centres as loading bays to plant Improvised Explosive Device (IEDs) on vehicles of unsuspecting members of the public to cause havoc.
According to military sources, the objective is to hit at some top government establishments and functionaries as well as military and police locations in other parts of the country outside the North East, epicentre of the insurgency, to divert attention from the increasingly successful onslaught on the group in recent days.
Boko Haram group had therefore infiltrated the ranks of many of the operators and bought them over with mouth-watering sums of money to look the other way when the explosives were being planted on the vehicles, the sources told Vanguard.
According to the source, the terrorists, knowing that many vehicle owners hardly find time to spend with their mechanics or car wash operators, have concluded the plot to fix improvised explosive devices on such vehicles while they are with the mechanic or cash wash.
“When the unsuspecting owner of the car comes to carry his or her car, he will drive off with an explosives laden car that has been programmed to explode within minutes or an hour as the case maybe and in the process, be killed by the explosion, the source said.
A signal confirming this development and addressed to all military formations in the country said: “Boko Haram infiltrates auto-mechanic and car wash centres.”
It said the group was planning to use vehicles of unsuspecting members of the public, especially prominent persons and top functionaries as bomb carriers.
Targets of such dastardly plots, according to the signal, are official government quarters, military barracks and public centres.
The military therefore urged the public, vehicles owners and users to be vigilant and watchful, especially when giving and collecting their vehicles from auto-mechanic and car wash centres.