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Nigeria’s territorial integrity not under threat, says Defence Headquarters


Minister of Defence, Brig. Gen. Mansur Dan Ali. PHOTO: NAN

The Defence Headquarters has dismissed reports making the rounds that the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) had been sending its members to Nigeria to train members of the Boko Haram sect.

In a statement yesterday in Abuja, the Acting Director, Defence Information, Brigadier-General John Agim, said there was a concrete evidence to back their claim.

His words: “However, it could be recalled that the Amnesty International’s (AI) Barnawi faction of the Boko Haram terrorists (BHTs) in 2016 pledged alliance to the ISIS as a result of our troops’ fire power which dislodged them from the Sambisa Forest and surrounding areas in the North East.


“The Armed Forces of Nigeria are aware that there is a collaboration between terrorist groups, thus it is important to note that the activity of one group in a country influences other organisations in other countries, and because of this knowledge, activities of other terrorist groups usually affect our own military strategy.”

He assured Nigerians that the military would continue to condemn all tactics deployed by terrorist groups to isolate the armed forces from any foreign collaborations.

“ If terrorist groups understand the importance of collaborations for global evil attacks, then, it is the highest degree of irresponsibility for Amnesty International to use repeated falsehood with the intention of denying the armed forces of its citizens’ support and international collaborations to win the fight against the Boko Haram terrorists (BHTs) and other forms of terrorism in Nigeria,” Agim stated.

The spokesman noted that proactive measures were being deployed to nip any such development in the bud.

He added: “The Armed Forces of Nigeria wish to assure all Nigerians that it is up to the task of defending the country and its citizens from every attempt to infiltrate it by criminals. Hence the ill- motivated stories, clips and claims should be disregarded.”

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