Mixed reactions have followed a recent security report by the Department of State Service (DSS), reportedly identifying an Islamic State in West Africa (ISWA) network operating within some states in the country.
The country’s secret police had in a security report submitted to President Muhammadu Buhari on Sunday identified Benue, Kogi and Edo states as base camps for the foreign terror group.
The report indicated that ISWA network was using foreign militants and recruiting young men to fight and kill innocent persons ostensibly to exacerbate tensions along the country’s ethnic and religious fault lines.
According to a Presidency source, this discovery was made following the arrest of several suspected attackers made up Fulani herdsmen, government-sponsored militias, militants and other miscreants in Benue Sate.
The source revealed that among those in custody were many who spoke none of the languages native to Nigeria but the French language.
The arrest follows the killing of over 100 persons by suspected Fulani Herdsmen in Benue and Taraba states alone in 2018.
However, the report did not go down well with Nigerians as some attacked the government and security agencies for trying to shield the Fulani Herdsmen, while others called on the authorities to act fast in bringing the culprits to book.
See reactions below:
Now it is no longer Fulani Herdsmen killing Nigerians in Benue, Taraba and other places. It is now Islamic State West Africa, ISWA, according to Buhari’s Presidency. What an idiotic media strategy from a moronic lots with decomposing brains. Tufiakwa!
— Jackson Ude (@jacksonpbn)
January 21, 2018
While Ghanaian President has given a shoot at sight order for terrorist Herdsmen, Nigerian Presidency is claiming the Islamic State of West Africa ISWA…a branch of ISIS and ISIL..a group that we have never heard about ooo. Smh
God punish those who brought this Buhari
— Babasola Kuti (@SKSolaKuti)
January 22, 2018
I steal meat from my mother’s pot, claim responsibility in front of the whole house and threaten to steal more if my ration of food isn’t increased.
My parents ignore all these and still blames my neighbor for the theft.
DSS, Miyetti Allah, Islamic state
— No one (@ilynem) January 22, 2018
Let herdsmen visit their farms,houses and family members.
And may they shout Sai Baba when they are through with the destructions.
— ponder (@realanifon) January 22, 2018