Nigeria braces for ISIS terror threat

Boko-Haramfrom EMEKA OKONKWO in Abuja, Nigeria
ABUJA, (CAJ News) – NIGERIA is on high alert following reports the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) is sending its members to train Boko Haram terrorists in the West African country.

The reports follow a faction of the Boko Haram pledging alliance to the globally-feared ISIS.

“Proactive measures are currently being taken to nip any such development if it exists in the bud,” said Brigadier General John Agim, the Acting Director of Defence Information.

He said the armed forces wished to assure all Nigerians that it was up to the task of defending the country and its citizens from every attempt to infiltrate it by criminals.

“Hence, the ill motivated stories, clips and their (terrorists’) claims should be disregarded,” Agim said.

The defence chief nonetheless said there was no “concrete evidence” on the ground to back the claim ISIS was sending its members to train the Boko Haram terrorists.

He however noted the armed forces of Nigeria were aware of collaboration between terrorist groups globally.

“Thus, it is important to note that the activity of one group in a country influences other groups in other countries and because of this knowledge, activities of other terrorist groups usually affect our own military strategy.”

The Nigerian military has been battling an insurgency by the Boko Haram northeast of the country since 2009.
Boko Haram remains a major threat despite factionalism rocking its ranks.
– CAJ News

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