By Raphael Jov, Abuja
The Defence Headquarters has refuted claims that ISIS is training Boko Haram terrorists in Nigeria.
This was contained in an official statement made available to News Headquarter.
The read of the statement read:
“The Defence Headquarters wishes to respond to a report making the round that ISIS has been sending her members to Nigeria to train Boko Haram Terrorist (BHT) members. Let me state categorically that there is no evidence on the ground to support the story.
“However, it would be recalled that the Al Barnawi faction of BHT in 2016 pledged alliance to the ISIS as a result of our troops’ fire power which dislodged them from Sambisa forest and surrounding areas in the North East.
“The Armed Forces of Nigeria is aware that there is collaboration between terrorist groups, and the activity of one group in a country influences other groups in other countries and because of this knowledge, activities of other terrorist groups usually affect our own military strategy.
“This is why the Nigerian military continue to condemn Amnesty International’s tactics of isolating the Armed Forces of Nigeria (AFN) from any foreign collaboration.
“If terrorists groups understand the importance of collaboration for evil global attacks, then, it is the high degree of irresponsibility for AI to use repeated falsehood with the intention of isolating AFN from her citizens’ support and international collaboration to win the fight and battle against BHT and other forms of terrorism in Nigeria.
“Meanwhile, proactive measures are currently being taken to nip any such development if it exists in the bud.
“The Armed Forces of Nigeria wishes to assure all Nigerians that it is up to the task of defending the country and its citizens from every attempt to infiltrate it by criminals”.