OKEKUNLE SUNDAY, IBADAN
The Commander, United States Special Operations Command Africa, Maj. Gen. Dagvin Anderson, had on Tuesday cautioned that the Islamic State and Al-Qaida terrorist groups were exploiting the COVID -19 pandemic and gradually taking over the West African region after losing ground in Syria , Iraq and in the Middle East.
The Defence Headquarters has said that the reported activities of the Islamic State and Al- Qaeda terrorist groups in West Africa is not new.
He noted, “ Our attention being drawn to the fact that terrorists from other zones are coming here; I think it would be good for us to be keeping records of events as they unfold.
“For me, this is not the first time they are raising such an alarm ; the alarm is as old as maybe five or 10 years and the armed forces and the country are conscious of it.
Enenche said the Armed Forces was not oblivious of the potency of such infiltration, noting that “ it was the Nigerian military who raised the alarm of movement of terrorists from the Middle East to West Africa and is conscious of it.”
The coordinator further noted that the movement of insurgents from Libya was equally revealed by Nigerian security services.
“Have we not captured foreigners among the people that have been terrorising us in this country?
“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.”