The Defence Headquarters has reacted to the warning by the U.S. government about the Islamic State and Al-Qaida terrorist groups gradually taking over the West African Region.
The Defence Media Operations, Major General John Enenche, urged Nigerians that ”the security agencies are on top of that it.”
Enenche noted that the Armed Forces is not oblivious of the potency of such infiltration, saying that “it was the Nigerian Military who raised alarm of movement of terrorists from the middle east to West Africa and is conscious of it”.
He said, “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 ten years ago and the armed forces and the country is conscious of it.
“When the conflict in Libya was declared officially that it ended, which did not end what happened? It was we, our NIA, state service and all that raised the information that this people are moving.
“Have we not captured foreigners among the people that have been terrorizing 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,”
“Recently we captured some in Niger state from our neighbouring country, where are they coming from”?
He said the general public should not despair as it is not new, adding that strategies have been put in place to halt them.
Daily Times reports that the Commander, U.S. Special Operations Command Africa, Major General Dagvin R.M. Anderson, warned the extremists have already begun deploying several strategies to silently re-establish themselves in the region and expand in the entire continent without drawing attention.