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16 Dec 2017

6,000 ISIS Terrorist May Join B’Haram –Experts Warn

Security experts have warned that Nigeria is sitting on a time bomb as the African Union alerted recently that over 6,000 Africans who fought for the Islamic State in Syria and Iraq could soon be returning to the continent.
According to the experts, the returning fighters pose a major security threat to the country, as they are likely to join forces with Boko Haram, an affiliate of ISIS.

The analysts warned that if the Federal Government failed to quickly install security measures to counter the potential threat, insurgency could increase in the country.

Notifying the continent of the intelligence report recently, AU’s Commissioner for Peace and Security, Smail Chergui, said member countries needed to work closely with one another and share information to counter the returning militants.

“There are reports of 6,000 African fighters among the 30,000 foreign elements who joined this terrorist group (ISIS) in the Middle East,” Chergui had said in Algiers, Algeria, during a meeting.

“The return of these elements to Africa poses a serious threat to our national security and stability and requires specific treatment and intense cooperation between African countries.”

As fears mount on the migration of the fighters, who could be bringing their extremist ideology and violence with them, a security expert, Mr. John Enweliku, said the development called for “great” worry.

He also called on the Federal Government to quickly deploy troops in the borders so as to ensure the safety of Nigerians.

He said, “Nigeria is sitting on a time bomb with this development. Boko Haram alone has caused lots of trouble and we have yet to fully overcome them. Should the returning fighters join the sect, there would be more trouble.


Source: PUNCH

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