Many members of Islamic State in West Africa (ISWA) who infiltrated Nigeria have been arrested in Benue, Edo and Kogi.
According to security operatives, who hinted about the identified the infiltration of Islamic State in West Africa (ISWA) in Nigeria’s north-central and south-south. Security reports say further revealed that a “good number” of the Islamic State terrorists were arrested in Edo, specifically in Akoko-Edo, Okpella and Benin as well as in Okene, in Kogi. Security service organizations who are carrying out surveillance and arrest included the Department of State Service (DSS).
The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that this information is contained in a security report submitted to President Muhammadu Buhari recently by the affected security service outfits. The report indicated that ISWA network was using foreign terrorists and recruiting young men to fight and kill innocent persons ostensibly to exacerbate tensions along the county’s ethnic, religious and regional fault lines
According to a Presidency source, this discovery was made following the arrest of several suspected attackers made up herdsmen, government-sponsored militias, militants and other miscreants in Benue sate. The source revealed that among those in custody were many who spoke none of the languages native to Nigeria but the French language. ”This is the first time that security officials have confirmed that the Islamic State in West Africa members are operating as a unit in Nigeria and the level of their occupation of the country,’’ the source added. ”It is understood that the cell, which has members in different parts of the country concentrates on recruiting young men to fight for the Islamic State in West Africa by unleashing the cold-blooded murder of innocent citizens. ”There was intelligence that they had planned several attacks here, before and during Christmas and the New Year. Their bombing targets included fuel depots, foreign missions and police and military establishments. ”Their network is very wide. But so much was achieved by the DSS which had made a significant number of arrests in the last two months that helped to pre-empt those attacks. ”This helped to save Nigeria from the spate of major terrorist attacks witnessed elsewhere that were syndicated by ISIS worldwide,’’ the source maintained. NAN gathered that the reports submitted to the presidency had also revealed that security officials now fear an influx of other ISIS members into many parts of the country. “We are learning more and more about this complex and sophisticated network. “”This is the main reason why the secret service is not parading those suspects so far arrested. It has become clear to us by now, that the challenge facing this country is a serious one.” When contacted, Presidency Spokesman, Garba Shehu confirmed that President Muhammadu Buhari had been receiving what he described as “report upon report on the situation in Benue and other states.”
Earlier, the I-G had disclosed that 147 officers of the Nigeria Police Force and sister security agencies in Zone 5, have been trained to counter terrorism. at the closing ceremony of a five-day National Counter Terrorism Incident Commanders’ Management Course held in Benin. Idris represented by Commissioner of Police in Edo, Mr Johnson Kokumo, said that the Force would continue to synergize with sister security agencies to counter terrorism.
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