Sunday, 21 January 2018

DSS uncovers ISIL Militants in Nigeria

The Department of State Security has uncovered cells of Islamic State in West Africa, ISWA in Nigeria. The cells were uncovered in Benue, Edo and Kogi states. NAN reports, quoting sources at the Presidency and a security report submitted to the President by security chiefs.

According to the source:
“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 penetration of the country,’’
A “good number”of the Islamic State militants had been arrested not only in the Benue valley but significantly in several towns in Edo, specifically in Akoko-Edo, Okpella and Benin as well as in Okene, in Kogi.
“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 preempt those attacks.
“This helped to save Nigeria from the spate of major terrorist attacks witnessed elsewhere that were syndicated by ISIS worldwide.”
The reports submitted to the presidency 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,” the source reportedly said.
“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.”

Source: NAN/TheCable

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