Renowned security expert Dr. Ona Ekhomu has called on Nigeria’s security agencies to conduct behavioral analyses of Boko Haram terrorists in order to predict future attacks and prevent the tragic events. According to Ekhomu, behavioral analysis gives the security psychologists or profilers deep insight into the mind, phenomenology, idiosyncrasies and patterned-behaviors of sociopathic and psychopathic serial offenders.
Reacting to the killing of over 50 students in the Boko Haram attack on Federal Government College, Buni Yadi, Yobe State, Ekhomu, who is chairman of the School of Management and Security said that since Boko Haram terrorists were serial killers, it was possible to predict their choice of targets, timing of attacks, success rate and methods of attacks – even before they strike.
Ekhomu called for the setting up of Behavioral Analysis Units as part of our security infrastructure. He said that the war against BH terrorism was not a conventional warfare and that Nigeria’s security agencies have to be retooled faster in order to “meet extant challenges”.
According to Dr. Ekhomu who is also the President of the Association of Industrial Security and Safety Operators of Nigeria, Boko Haram had repeatedly attacked schools in Yobe, Borno and Adamawa states with huge fatalities. He referred to school attacks in Mamudo quarters and Gujba in Yobe State and opined that 90% of school attacks occurred at night with the terrorists employing the same methods of AK-47 rifle shootings, throat slashing and burning of students to death in their dormitories. He said that the terrorists had “left enough signatures that can assist behavioral analysts to predict their future moves with certainty, thereby thwarting their nefarious plans to kill innocent students.”
He decried the new practice of seizing female students apparently to serve as sex slaves in Boko Haram terrorist camps. He called the growing abduction of women by BH a crime against humanity as it was the same as use of rape as a tool of war. He urged security forces to be more challenged by this unacceptable change in tactic that “takes direct aim at Nigerian womanhood”.
Ekhomu reiterated his recent call for the establishment of military commissions or tribunals to try BH suspects as lengthy pre-trial incarceration by regular courts would result in more radicalization inside prison facilities.