Italian Priest kidnapped by Terrorists in Niger

September 18, 2018 | Brainwave Science

Italian Priest kidnapped by Terrorists in Niger-Brainwave ScienceSITUATION

According to the Nigerian government, an Italian priest has been kidnapped overnight in the nation’s southeast region near its border with Bukrina Faso.

Zakaria Abdourahmane, the government spokesperson, said Tuesday the officials weren’t aware of the priest’s existence in the province. The investigation has started to locate the priest and arrest the kidnappers. However, investigators are puzzled with the basic question, who was behind the kidnapping as the region is home to several Islamic extremists who kidnap and kill officials. The province has been battling for years to defeat extremist groups associated with Al Qaeda and Islamic State, operating along Nigeria’s porous border with Mali and Burkina Faso.

The Italian foreign ministry issued a statement asking Niger authority and law enforcement to give absolute priority to solving the kidnapping and asked them to avoid any risky action that could put priest’s life in jeopardy.

The local church and villagers confirmed the kidnapping, which took place in the village of Bomanga. Villager El Bech Soroumpo gave the statement that the priest, Father Maccalli aged 57, was kidnapped together with a Burkinabe nun.

In April, a German humanitarian worker was abducted near Niger’s western border, where Jihadist groups have carried out repeated attacks on military and civilian targets. Western powers, including France and the United States, have deployed thousands of troops in the semi-arid Sahel region to combat what they see as a growing Islamist militant threat.


Terror attacks in Somalia, Niger and Egypt highlight Africa as a new battleground against al-Qaeda and the Islamic State as they are being driven out of the Middle East. The Islamic State, or ISIS, is seeking a safe harbor after major losses in Iraq and Syria. And al-Qaeda looks to secure its future by expanding operations and alliances in the sub-Saharan region

Niger has great difficulty in guaranteeing domestic security, which has a devastating impact on the social and economic front. Armed banditry, trafficking of weapons and drugs, violent domestic dispute, and the rise in terrorist attacks through improvised bomb attacks, shooting and kidnapping of local and foreign national are all symptomatic of the State’s struggle.

According to Niger’s President Mahamadou Issoufou, the country is not only fighting against terrorist forces coming from the border but also from the local extremism that has been intensifying in the past years, as young men frustrated by poverty are becoming radicalized.

As this kidnapping triggers an international incident, the immediate challenge for Niger law enforcement is to locate the priest and identify the terrorist group behind this kidnapping.  Using an impeccably accurate, non-invasive and torture-free forensic tool can be a magic bullet for such a pivotal case. This is where iCognative becomes requisite.


There are several terrorist organizations active in Niger. These include Jamaat Nusrat al-Islam wal Muslimeen (JNIM), Islamic State West Africa (ISWA), Islamic State Greater Sahara (ISGS), Al Qaeda in the Islamic Maghreb (AQIM), Al Murabitoun, Ansar Dine and Boko Haram. According to the Niger government, these groups can carry out attacks and kidnapping including the kidnapping of Father Maccalli. As the kidnapping of foreign nationals is the primary source of finance for these terrorist groups. The only logical alternative for  law enforcement is to embrace a foolproof and upgraded technology to discover reliable and scientific intelligence to identify the responsible terrorist group behind the kidnapping and an accurate location of the priest.  The only existing technology that can provide such intelligence with over 99% accuracy has already been developed by Brainwave Science and it’s called iCognative.

The primary challenge for Niger law enforcement is to distinguish terrorists from innocents, gather accurate intelligence about the kidnapping, location of the priest, responsible terrorist group and other vital information important to eradicate terrorism in Niger.  Only iCognative has the capability to provide impeccably accurate intelligence as mentioned above and identify the terrorist and location within an hour.  This technology is so powerful that it recognizes the vital difference between a terrorist and an innocent is the recognition of the specific terrorism-related information stored in their brain.

Utilization of iCognative by law enforcement agencies can strengthen their investigation capabilities and deliver guaranteed positive results.  A 45-minute iCognative test scientifically and accurately differentiate the terrorists from innocents and further provide specific and reliable information, links such as the terrorist organization behind this kidnapping, co-conspirator/sympathizers involved, the precise location of the priest, financial details and other vital information to investigate the kidnapping case in the appropriate direction. The iCognative system record and analyzes the brainwave response to each specific crime-related information (stimuli), collected through investigations, flashed on a digital screen to any person related to the crime and determine with over 99% accuracy if the information under question is present or absent in the brain.

Brainwave Science‘s iCognative technology would not only help law enforcement agencies identify terrorist or locate the priest but also provide enough accurate intelligence necessary to dismantle the existing terrorist groups in Niger, ensure the safety of the nation and restore faith in police to maintain law and order.  This unbeatable weaponry has a proven track record of supporting law enforcement agencies protecting innocents and help apprehend extremists without any further delay.

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