6 November 2012

Nigeria: Boko Haram Has Links With Foreign Terrorists - Security Adviser

Photo: Vanguard
Cartoon on terrorism in Nigeria

National Security Adviser Mohammed Sambo Dasuki yesterday expressed concern over 'increasing cooperation' between the Boko Haram sect and 'established terror' groups operating in the Sahel.

"Of immediate concern to us today, is the increasing cooperation between the Boko Haram group in Nigeria and established terror groups operating in the Sahel.

"There is also a thin line between these groups and well known international terrorist network," Dasuki said at a regional conference on counter terrorism with the theme "Containing Terrorism in West Africa' in Abuja."

"Game changing incidents and sophistication of the emerging terrorist groups has thrown up greater challenges to security and intelligence agencies across the region. For us in Nigeria, we are responding through increased capacity building for security and law enforcement agencies, synergy and collaboration with international partners while evolving an all encompassing counter terrorism strategy tailored to suit our peculiar situation," he said.

Dasuki noted that the conference was meant to provide an in-depth understanding of the nature of terror groups and make recommendations on policies and strategies to counter the threat in the sub-region and foster greater understanding among countries.

Vice President Namadi Sambo said in his remarks that the Boko Haram sect has transformed in its capabilities within three years by moving away from the use of crude force to carrying coordinated attacks and suicide bombings.

He said the federal government is working towards enhancing counter terrorism capabilities of the country's security agencies.

He said the approval of counter terrorism laws by the National Assembly would enable the government to freeze monies for sect.

Delegates from Sierra Leone, South Africa, Israel, United Kingdom, Italy, Mali, Algeria, Mauritania, US and the Committee of Intelligence and Security Services of Africa are attending the conference which will end on Wednesday.

Copyright © 2012 Daily Trust. All rights reserved. Distributed by AllAfrica Global Media (allAfrica.com). To contact the copyright holder directly for corrections — or for permission to republish or make other authorized use of this material, click here.

AllAfrica publishes around 2,000 reports a day from more than 130 news organizations and over 200 other institutions and individuals, representing a diversity of positions on every topic. We publish news and views ranging from vigorous opponents of governments to government publications and spokespersons. Publishers named above each report are responsible for their own content, which AllAfrica does not have the legal right to edit or correct.

Articles and commentaries that identify allAfrica.com as the publisher are produced or commissioned by AllAfrica. To address comments or complaints, please Contact us.