- Al-Qaeda has started penetrating into some parts of Nigeria
- The was disclosed by the United States of America
- Meanwhile, the US promised to continue partnering with Nigeria in the fight against insurgency
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Nigeria has been warned by the United States over attempt by Al-Qaeda insurgent group to penetrate north-west of the country.
Dagvin Anderson, commander of the US special operations command, Africa, disclosed this, The Cable reports.
According to him, Al-Qaeda is also expanding to other parts of West Africa.
However, he said the US will continue to partner with Nigeria in sharing intelligence.
“We have engaged with Nigeria and continue to engage with them in intel sharing and in understanding what these violent extremists are doing,” he said.
“And that has been absolutely critical to their engagements up in the Borno state and into an emerging area of northwest Nigeria that we’re seeing al-Qaida starting to make some inroads in.
“So, this intelligence sharing is absolutely vital and we stay fully engaged with the government of Nigeria to provide them an understanding of what these terrorists are doing, what Boko Haram is doing, what ISIS-West Africa is doing, and how ISIS and al-Qaida are looking to expand further south into the littoral areas.”
Meanwhile, Legit.ng had reported that amid spate of killing and bandit attacks on communities in the northwest region of Nigeria, Senator Shehu Sani has called for protection for traditional rulers.
Sani, a former lawmaker who represented Kaduna Central in the 8th Senate, said this while reacting to recent attacks in Kaduna, Zamfara and Borno which left many people dead and properties ruined.
Speaking via a tweet on his official Twitter handle on Saturday, August 1, the outspoken former lawmaker lamented the rise in attacks and posited that traditional rulers have also become targets just like their subjects.
He said most often, the local rulers are kidnapped and killed by terrorists and bandits invading their vulnerable communities.
The former lawmaker's revelation is coming barely a months after two local rulers: Malam Dikko Usman of the Mazoji and Sarkin Fulani Fafu village and Abubakar Atiku Maidabino of Yantumaki village in Danmusa local government area of Katsina were killed by suspected bandits.
Sani said local chiefs must be put into consideration in the protection strategy of the federal and state governments.
Undoubtedly, village traditional rulers have become major targets and victims of Bandits and Terrorists in Northern Nigeria; they are most times the first to be abducted or killed. They need to be protected as much as their people," the former lawmaker said.
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