The President of Association of Industrial Security and Safety Operators of Nigeria (AISSON), Dr. Ona Ekhomu has described the bombing of Louis Edet House as a “satanic act of terror and evil personified”. He said the bombing was most unfortunate and constituted a test of the Nigerian security system.
In a statement issued in Lagos, Dr. Ekhomu said the criminal bombing was made possible by vulnerabilities in the perimeter security in Louis Edet which the terrorists discovered through diligent surveillance of the Force Head quarters. He said that the access control measures at the Security headquarters were inadequate to contain the IED threats that manifested namely the vehicle bomb threat and the suicide bomber threat.
Dr. Ekhomu condoled with families of the victims of the bombing attack and the Inspector-General of Police whose organization was targeted. He said: “the Bokites (Boko Haram terrorists) have been consistent in their attacks against police personnel, police stations and government facilities. The FHQ vehicle bomb was one in a series of teleological attacks”
Speaking on the negative impact of the attack on the international image of Nigeria, the security expert appealed to the international community and Nigeria’s development partners to understand that extremists are inexorable in their attacks and have to be lucky, once in order to cause death and destruction. He said the Nigerian security community was capable of protecting people and assets from extremist attacks.
He however called on the Police authorities to urgently increase the protection all government buildings, infrastructure facilities and other key points against further bomb attacks. He said that Boko Haram, as an affiliate of the Al Qaeda network might have attacked the force Headquarters in order to mark 40 days of the killing of Osama Bin Laden.
He condemned the first suicide bombing attack in the Country as evil, cowardly and heinous and urged Nigerians to the vigilant and security conscious and report suspicious persons or conversations to Police authorities for prompt action.
Dr. Ekhomu announced that AISSON was organizing a security conference in Lagos on June 30th to provide skills in counter-terrorism to members of the public. The theme of the conference is “Combating Terrorism in Nigeria.”
Dr. Ona Ekhomu,
Association of Industrial Security and Safety Operators of Nigeria (AISSON)