DSS ‘uncovers’ Islamic State militants in Benue, Kogi, Edo

Written by on January 22, 2018

Security agencies, including the Department of State Service (DSS), have uncovered Islamic State in West Africa (ISWA) fighters in North Central and South-South states of Nigeria including Benue, Kogi and Edo states. This information is contained in a security report submitted to President Muhammadu Buhari by some security service outfits.
The report indicated that ISWA network was using foreign militants and recruiting young men to fight and kill innocent persons ostensibly to exacerbate tensions along the county’s ethnic, religious and regional fault lines. The discovery was made following the arrest of several suspected attackers made up herdsmen, government-sponsored militias, militants and other suspects in Benue state.
The report said among those in custody were many who spoke none of the languages native to Nigeria but the French language. It also revealed that “security officials now fear an influx of other ISIS members into many parts of the country”.
When contacted, Garba Shehu, presidential spokesman, said Buhari had been receiving what he described as “report upon report on the situation in Benue and other states”. According to him, the DSS has recorded a lot of success lately but said he had not been briefed on any of those reports.

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