Islamic extremists’ aid to free 900 Nigerian inmates prove impossible to defeat or eradicate this terrorist group 

by spicyray
6 min read


ast week, major news outlets reported around 900 inmates had escaped prison after what authorities said was orchestrated by Islamic extremists Boko Haram.  As more details emerged, out of the 900 inmates (some sites are saying 1,000 inmates), 64 of the prisoners were associated with Boko Haram. 

At the time of their escapes, the inmates were housed at the Kuje maximum security in Abuja, Nigeria’s capital city said, Maj. Gen. Bashir Salihi Magashi, Nigeria’s Minister of Defense.

Given the urgency of the situation, Nigerian President Muhammadu Buhari arrived at the prison (rather than expressing his outrage via national TV), where he later tweeted he was “saddened” by the attack and “disappointed” with Nigeria’s intelligence system. He further added, “How can terrorists organize, have weapons, attack a security installation and get away with it?” 

Traditionally, Boko Haram made their grand entrance something of a spectacle–faces covered, riding motorcycles and driving pickup trucks, shouting “Allahu Akbar” while unleashing bullets as they gathered up their victims. 

Regarding last week’s harrowing escape, Shuaib Belgore, permanent secretary of Nigeria’s Ministry of Interior, said Islamic extremists used what he called “very high-grade explosives,” after they opened fire at around 10 p.m. and forced their way into the prison through a hole created by the blasts. “We understand they are Boko Haram. They came specifically for their co-conspirators,” Belgore said to news media. 

Although Umar Abubakar, a spokesman for the Nigerian Correctional Service, said hundreds of inmates were either retrieved or voluntarily turned themselves in at police stations, I cannot help but ask myself: why has Nigeria continued to suffer from weak intelligence security? Who are those who make up Islamic extremists? And those fortunate to have escaped, what are their experiences like? 

Rahila Amos

Rahila Amos, a Nigerian grandmother, said she was abducted by Boko Haram and forced to take classes on how to carry out a suicide bombing.Credit…Tyler Hicks/The New York Times

 In 2016, The New York Times ran a story about a Nigerian grandmother named Rahila Amos, who said she and over 100 women and children were abducted by Boko Haram at one point.  And during the gruesome ordeal, Amos, who said that members of the terrorist group only allowed them to eat once a day, was required to educate herself during lectures on how to “carry out a suicide bombing.” The author of the story, Dionne Searcey, said women victims were indoctrinated into how to execute a bombing in vivid description.

 “Hold the bomb under your armpit to keep it steady, the women and girls were taught. Sever your enemy’s head from behind, to minimize struggling,” wrote Searcey.  Amos, who was 47 at the time the story ran, said, “If you cut from the back of the neck, they die faster.”

Amos claimed that members of Boko Haram made their way toward her village in their traditional rampage style of firing weapons while forcing women and children into trucks.

During one of her many intensive boot camp lessons on how to slay, Amos said Boko Harman members had an educational ranking system that when in sequences: Primary One, Primary Two, etc.

 “The first two levels were Quranic training. Primary Three was training in suicide bombing and beheading,” writes Searcey.  When it came to levels four, five, and higher, Amos didn’t make it that far to educate readers.

  Amos was one of the privileged few to escape one evening as a group of women and children were gathering for a lecture that night by one of Boko  Haram’s teachers.  Amos lingered behind the group just enough to round up her two children and sprint toward the Cameroonian border.

2022 Monies for advanced securities

According to some, Nigeria is considered one of the highest populated countries, with around 206 million people.  And anyone who has followed a glimpse of the news or read stories, they know how the violence of all sorts has plagued Northern Nigeria for decades.   Earlier this year, the Joe Biden administration approved Nigeria officials to purchase high-tech 24 Bell AH-1Z Viper helicopters in the range of $1 billion.  As part of the approval, it is said that some equipment involved night vision targeting goggles, in addition to engines and training support designed to kill terrorists if needed.  And still yet, “Nigeria is also facing a growing threat from armed gangs and extremist rebels, who are now working together in the country’s troubled northwest and threaten to further destabilize an already volatile region,” wrote Matthew Lee of the Associated Press.

Extremist movements 

Boko Haram in Nigeria. Gitty Images

Extremists often hold on to an extreme ideology or belief.  It is often associated with religious ideology, but in reality, this can include any belief system.  The Islamic State of the Levant, the Islamic State, the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria, and Daesh are the different names used to refer to the jihad group that has seized territory in Syria and Iraq.

 And while I could get further complicated with the historical facts, my goal is to help readers make sense of the non-sense (if there is such an achievable task). To achieve my objective, the group I will reference is the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria.

Sabinella Ayazbaeva

Writer Farangis Najibullah covered a story about Sabinella Ayazbaeva, who lived in her hometown in central Kazakhstan.  Ayazbaeva, who was 31 years old at the time, spoke with Najibullah about her conviction to wage a campaign to warn young people and adults about the dangers of extremist terror groups who often used the internet as their vehicle to recruit.

Ayazbaeva, who had lived in Syria, said the killings at the hands of extremism have left a negative impressionable memory. “The bodies of women and children without limbs being pulled out from under the rubble after air strikes, or someone’s insides coming out,” Ayazbaeva told the author.

When analyzing the causes of terrorism, law enforcement and policymakers must exercise caution.  Radicalism experts are diverse. Some were professionals, college students, married, young kids, and even older men and women.   The reality is that the evolution of domestic terrorists, and the changes in their perceptions, positions, and ideologies, will never be fully understood by conducting psychological and sociological assessments of the individuals who join and make pledges to these groups. 


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