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45 detained in Nigeria over Boko Haram plot

US Rep. Ilhan Omar (D-MN) (L) talks with Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) during a rally with fellow Democrats before voting on H.R. 1, or the People Act, on the East Steps of the US Capitol on March 08, 2019 in Washington, DC. (AFP photo)
Police officers outside a house in Gubio in Borno State, northeast Nigeria, on May 26, 2015. (AFP Photo)

Nigerian authorities have detained and charged 45 people suspected of being involved in a plot hatched by the Takfiri Boko Haram militants to carry out an attack in the city of Lagos.

On Sunday, unnamed sources said some 60 suspects had initially been "picked up" in Lagos for “planning to attack Dolphin Estate in Ikoyi last month,” before about 15 of them were released after preliminary investigations.

The remaining 45 suspected were taken to a magistrate court on October 23.

“They were arraigned on holding charges. The [Nigerian Department of State Services] DSS urged the court to remand them in prison pending further investigation and their eventual arraignment before a high court,” one of the sources said.

Lagos, which is Nigeria's financial hub, is considered to be a gateway to West Africa.

Earlier this week, some 60 people were killed in bomb attacks at two mosques in Borno State’s Maiduguri and Yola, the capital of neighboring Adamawa State.

Boko Haram began its militancy against the government of Nigeria in 2009. The violence has spilled over into Nigeria’s neighboring countries. Soldiers from Nigeria, Chad, Cameroon, and Niger have been battling the terrorists in recent months.

Last week, Boko Haram Takfiri militants seized the Cameroonian town of Kerawa, which lies along the country’s border with Nigeria.

Amnesty International says 17,000 people have been killed in the violence since 2009.

Nigerian President Muhammadu Buhari, who took office back in May, has given the military until the end of the year to end the country’s militancy problem. 

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