OPERATIONAL SCOPE OF HERDSMEN BANDITS AND BOKO HARAM – ECCENTRIC MOVEMENT.
It is also very important at this point for us to understand the organogram, the modus-operandi as well as the operational basis of the Boko Haram which i will painstakingly enumerate in this brief discourse.
The Sect is headed by a Senior Amir (Religious Leader), who serves as the spiritual and political head of the Sect. Below the Amir is the Shura (Council of Elders). The Shura is like the Council of Ulamas, that is, an association of elders of the Sect. The Sect is divided into three (3) groups namely; Lajna, Khalga and Majmu’a.
A. Lajna: The Lajna is like a Ministry. In each Lajna, there is an Amir who is also a member of the Shura. The Lajna (Ministry) is made up of the following:
• Muaskar: Defence/Military
• Hisba: Military Police
• Khairiya: Welfare (Comprising Women and Children)
• Da’awa: Education/Training
• Taugis: External Affairs
• Talbiya: Information/Printing
• Treasury: Up to about three Treasurers
B. Khalga: The Khalga is like a classroom and members of the same khalga belong to the same class of learning. The place of learning is not static or fixed.
The Khalifa change their venues of meeting from time to time and they usually meet in the late hours of the night to avoid being detected by security agents.
C. Majmu’a: This means a society or community of people leaving together in a particular place. People that belong to one Majmua live in the same environment, while those who are in the same Lagna (Ministry) have a common goal/objective, duty and functions to either achieve or perform.
People may belong to one Majmua (community) but have different Lajna (Ministry) and Khalga (Classroom).
The Majmua has an Amir, who operates as the religious, spiritual and political Leader of the community.
The Amir, who is like a State Governor is called a Nagib. He in turn has other community leaders that look like Shura.
D. Qaid: The present leadership structure of the Boko Haram sect has provision for Qaids (commanders).
The Qaids or commanders have fighters and foot soldiers under them. Also, each Qaid has not less than one thousand (1,000) fighters under him.
At present, the Boko Haram sect has commanders (Qaids) for the different parts of the country.
The above research, which I conducted at great cost to my life was finished in 2013. Copied were sent to the NIA under Azzazi and Dasuki, which was never responded to, until date.
If Nigeria, especially the Armed Forces can understand this very basics, then it will be better Nigerians in understanding the fight against insurgency, while securing our Homeland Security architecture.