Nigeria has been declared a new haven for jihadists belonging to Islamic State in Iraq and Syria (ISIS).
The leaders of ISIS were on Monday accused sneaking armed jihadists from Syria into Nigeria to train terrorists to launch attacks in Britain.
The claims were contained in a report yesterday by The UK SUN.
According to agency report, the paper said that strong leads have been established that the ISIS, which has a strong romance with Boko Haram insurgents in Nigeria, had capitalised on the relationship to infiltrate Nigeria with jihadists.
Before the report was published, the Federal Government had said that the militiamen herdsmen behind killings in Nigeria were foreigners.
Even President Muhammadu Buhari had during one of the foreign trips said that the killer-herdsmen were being trained and deployed in Nigeria from Libya.
The British newspaper’s report has added another dimension on the presence of foreign terrorists in the country.
The report added that Boko Haram insurgent, were also being sent to the Middle East for training in a chilling “exchange programme.”
It said that there were fears that strong links between Nigeria and the United Kingdom (UK) would make it easier for the ISIS to send its killers to Britain to launch terror attacks in Britain.
The news medium claimed that over 150 British troops were undertaking counter-terror training with Nigerian forces in an attempt to stem the bloody tide – and stop IS from taking hold in the West African sub-region.
At one training mission in Kaduna, a senior Nigerian Air Force (NAF) Commander, Group Captain Isaac Subi, explained how local terror groups were learning from IS after swearing allegiance to its black flag.
Subi, 46, who has been fighting terrorism across Africa since 1991, said: “They come and train their fighters here and some of our insurgents too are granted access to their training in Yemen and Syria, acquiring those skills and they come back and teach others.
“They have this exchange programme of fighters.”
The report stated that the poisonous influence of the fighters had already ended in horror attacks on British streets, citing the stabbing to death of Fusilier Lee Rigby in 2013 in London by Michael Adebolajo and Michael Adebowale, both of Nigerian descent.