By Amechi Idumuebor (AGENDAWATCHDOG) – The United States has warned the Nigerian government about a possible influx of Al-Qaeda elements into the country’s northeast region where an ongoing war with Islamist extremist group, Boko Haram, has raged for 11 years.
This was disclosed by the commander of U.S. Special Operations Command, Africa, Major General Dagvin Anderson, during a digital press briefing on Tuesday, August 4, 2020, where he cautioned that the Jihadist group was flocking into Nigeria and other African countries.
Anderson noted that the exchange of intelligence between the US and Nigerian governments had been crucial in the understanding of the activities of Boko Haram in Nigeria, whose Armed Forces has battled an insurgency from the local Islamic sect in the northeast region since 2009.
Speaking further, Anderson said that the U.S. expected Nigeria to play a leading role in the war on terror within its borders, in collaboration with multilateral partners, adding that defeating terrorism was a collective effort
Boko Haram has splintered into more factions since the onset of its Jihad 2009, including one backed by Islamic State known as Islamic State West Africa Province (ISWAP) since 2016.