'Al-Qaeda planning to penetrate Southern Nigeria' - US warns FG

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Tochi Juliet

The U.S. on Wednesday has warned the Nigerian government against a terrorist group known as Al-Qaeda which they say it is finding its way to Southern Nigeria.

Ever since the report came, The Nigerian President, Muhammadu Buhari, and the Nigerian Army Headquarters have been silent.

The Nigerian Military official websites, social media pages, were also void of any statement on the latest report of the probable invasion of southern Nigeria by the terrorist groups.

The US government has repeated the warning in a recent press briefing, according to the US Department of State.

This was disclosed by the Commander of the U.S. Special Operations Command, Africa, Dagvin Anderson.

He said the dreaded terrorist group is also expanding to other parts of West Africa.

In the briefing obtained by TheCable, Anderson pointed out the US will continue to partner with Nigeria in sharing intelligence.

According to Anderson, “We have engaged with Nigeria and continue to engage with them in intel sharing and in understanding what these violent extremists are doing.

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-Qaeda starting to make some inroads in.

This intelligence sharing is absolutely vital, and we stay fully engaged with the government of Nigeria to provide them with an understanding of what these terrorists are doing, what Boko Haram is doing, what ISIS-West Africa is doing, and how ISIS and al-Qaeda are looking to expand further south into the littoral areas.

We, as a community of international nations, keep thinking we have defeated them, or we have put them on their back foot and that they’re just moments from disintegration".

Anderson said for international efforts to yield desired results in the fight against terrorism in Nigeria; the government must take the lead.

"When it comes to Nigeria in general, Nigeria, obviously, is a critical nation to West Africa. It is a critical nation, and we realise that Nigeria is a lynchpin,” he said.

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