ISWAP Attacks: Nigerian military arrests 28 foreign informants, local collaborators

The Nigerian military has arrested 28 informants leaking operational secrets to the Boko Haram terrorists.

Intelligence sources revealed that the who are of local and foreign nationals are currently under investigation.

This following the attacks by the Islamic State in West Africa Province () on the military post in Diffa, in the , along a border area with Nigeria this week.

PRNigeria said it has obtained the of the said as was also reflected in the Islamic State’s ‘Amaq Agency, showing their fighters storming a Nigerien army post in Diffa and allegedly capturing war spoils afterwards.

The two minutes, five seconds was published on May 4, 2020, hours after it issued a report on the incident in an official communique, claiming that theirs “fighters killed five Nigerien soldiers and wounded others when they attacked the post on May 3”. The footage also showed some scenes from the clash, where the fighters entered the post on foot and in vehicles, taking weapons and ammunition.

But obtained by PRNigeria from intelligence sources noted that the military camp was virtually empty before their arrival as the troops were out on counter-insurgency operations along the Lake Chad axis.

According to the sources, the few soldiers on ground retreated because of the large number of terrorists.

“The military intelligence has so far arrested 28 notorious informants who were leaking troop movements to terrorists. The , under interrogation, have provided useful that lead to major crackdown on local collaborators and supporters in that axis,” the source said.

PRNigeria also gathered that Chadian troops have stopped participating in regional Counter-Terrorism joint military operation under MNJTF.

Recall that President Idris Deby, at the end of a Chadian major offensive against Boko Haram in April warned that his troops would no longer take part in military operations outside the country’s borders.

The offensive was launched after about 100 Chadian troops were killed in a terrorists on a base at Bohoma in March 2020

With the seeming withdrawal of Chadian troops, the activities of terrorists are unabated in the Lake Chad region and the Sahel. The Nigerian and Nigerien troops have sustained aerial attacks and ground operations against and Boko Haram Terrorists.

By PRNigeria