According to Punch, in an information contained in an intelligence report presented to President Muhammadu Buhari by security agencies, including the Department of State Service says the Islamic State in West Africa network operating within some North Central and South-South sections of Nigeria may be responsible for the recent killings recorded in Benue State and other parts of the country.
The report says the President was told that the ISWA network is using foreign terrorists and recruiting young men to fight and kill innocent persons “ostensibly to exacerbate tensions along the county’s ethnic, religious and regional fault lines.”
A top government official who spoke on the condition of anonymity told journalists on Sunday that the discovery was made following the arrest of several suspected attackers made up of Fulani herdsmen, government-sponsored militias, militants and other miscreants in Benue State.
Among those in custody, according to the Presidency source, are many suspects who cannot speak any Nigerian languages. They are, however, said to be fluent in French language.