Islamic State in West Africa fighters discovered in Benue, other states – DSS Report



Security service organizations including the Department of State Service, DSS have report submitted to President Muhammadu Buhari say they have identified an Islamic State West Africa , ISWA network operating within some North Central and South-South sections of Nigeria,The ISWA network is  using foreign and recruiting young men fighting and killing innocent ostensibly to exacerbate tensions along the county’s ethnic, religious and regional fault lines.

According to a Presidency source, this discovery was  made following the arrest of several suspected attackers made up Fulani herdsmen, government-sponsored militias, militants and other miscreants Benue Sate. Among those custody were many who spoke none of the languages native to Nigeria but the French language.

This is the first time that security officials have confirmed that the Islamic State West Africa members are operating as a unit Nigeria and the level of their penetration of the country.

The Sources revealed that a “good number”of the Islamic State have arrested not only in the Benue valley but significantly in several towns in Edo State, specifically in Akoko-Edo, Okpella and Benin as well as in Okene, in Kogi state.

According to the unnamed source in the Presidency, “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 have also revealed that security officials 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. This is the main reason why the secret service is not parading those suspects so far arrested. It has become clear to by , that the challenge facing this country is a serious one.”

When contacted, Presidency Spokesman, Garba Shehu confirmed that President Muhammadu Buhari had receiving what he described as “report upon report on the situation in Benue and other states” and that the DSS has recorded a lot of success lately but said he had not briefed on any of those reports.