Al-Qaeda in Nigeria: Military reacts to US warning

The Defence Headquarters has described the United States of America’s warning about insurgents’ infiltration of the West African region, as a call to sustain onslaught against Boko Haram Terrorists and Islamic State West Africa Province (ISWAP).

In a statement on Thursday, the Coordinator, Defence Media Operations, Major General John Enenche, noted that it was not the first time the US is raising such alarm.

On Tuesday, the United States Africa Command (US AFRICOM) warned that the Islamic State (ISIS) and Al-Qaeda terrorist groups are gradually taking over the West African Region after losing ground in Syria, Iraq, etc.

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The Commander of the US Special Operations Command, Africa, Dagvin Anderson, specifically said the insurgents are penetrating through North-Western Nigeria.

But Enenche said: “For me, this is not the first time they are raising such an alarm, the alarm is as old as maybe five or ten years ago and the armed forces and the country is conscious of it.

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“When the conflict in Libya was declared officially that it ended, which did not end what happened? It was we, our NIA, state service and all that raised the information that these people are moving.

“Have we not captured foreigners among the people that have been terrorizing us in this country?

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“So it is just like a call to keep doing what you are doing, so the general public should know that the security agencies are on top of that one.”

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