Nigeria – Islamic State responsible for Benue killings, claims state security
Nigeria’s Department of State Service (DSS) has declared that Islamic State in West Africa (ISWA) is responsible for the killing of Christian farmers in Benue.
DSS claims the Islamic terror group is active in north, central and southern regions of the country and is the mastermind of the killings in Benue. The security agency also claimed the Islamic terror group used foreign terrorists and recruited young men to fight and kill innocent Nigerians ostensibly to exacerbate tensions along the county’s ethnic, religious and regional fault lines.
The report also said DSS discovered these threats from arrests made of several suspected attackers comprising Fulani herdsmen, government-sponsored militias, and militants.
The report to President Muhammadu Buhari, which was not made available to the public, but which an anonymous officer briefed to reporters: “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 pre-empt those attacks. This helped to save Nigeria from the spate of major terrorist attacks witnessed elsewhere that were syndicated by ISIS worldwide,” said the source.
Mallam Garba Shehu, spokesman of the presidency, confirmed that President Buhari had been 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 the president had “not been briefed on any of those reports” until now.