One of the major problems facing Nigeria today is that of insecurity and a lot has been traced to Boko Haram and the Islamic States West African Province (ISWAP)
Now, the Theatre Commander, Operation Hadin Kai has reacted to the operations of this group, claiming that they are funded internationally, and also reinstating the effort of the Nigerian Army
WHAT THE ARMY CHIEF SAID
Maj.-Gen. Christopher Musa, the Army chief has described Islamic States West African Province (ISWAP) as “terrorists coming to invade our country”. Maj. Gen Musa who is the Theatre Commander, Operation Hadin Kai has also said that the Nigerian military will not allow a foreign terrorist group to build strongholds in Nigeria.
He said this in an interview with journalists on Wednesday, in Maiduguri, Borno State and also mentioned there that ISWAP is funded by foreign individuals. Maj, Gen Musa opined that though the terrorist group is also getting help from Nigerians, its leadership is foreign.
In his words;
“It is very clear that ISWAP are foreigners coming to invade our country which we will never allow happening. That’s why I want to encourage those of them, especially those members that are with them to pull out and understand that they have no stake in what those guys are doing. They don’t wish the country well they don’t wish themselves well and we will never allow any foreigner step an inch on ground in Nigeria.”
ISWAP VS BOKO HARAM
Some time ago, the ISWAP said that Abubakar Shekau, leader of rival Nigerian militant Islamist group Boko Haram, was dead. They reported that Shekau died around May 18 after detonating an explosive device when he was pursued by ISWAP fighters following a battle. The recording was made by Abu Musab al-Barnawi who claimed to ISWAP leader. Al-Barnawi claimed his fighters had sought out the warlord on the orders of the Islamic State leadership and battled Boko Haram insurgents until Shekau fled. He said ISWAP chased him and offered him a chance to repent and join them, but he killed himself instead.
In his words;
“Shekau preferred to be humiliated in the afterlife than getting humiliated on earth, and he killed himself instantly by detonating an explosive,” he said.
ISWAP MEMBERS SURRENDERED
There was a report at a time that 186 members of the Islamic State West Africa Province (ISWAP) and Boko Haram surrendered to Nigerian troops. This was disclosed in a statement by the army spokesperson, Onyema Nwachukwu. He also mentioned that these 186 repentant members consisted of their wives and other family members. Further saying, Onyema revealed that other terrorists who refused to surrender resorted to ‘cheap propaganda’.
The full statement read;
OPERATION HADIN KAI: ISWAP LOOSING MOMENTUM AS MORE TERRORISTS SURRENDER WITH ARMS AND AMMUNITION … Resort to futile propaganda
Following the recent unprecedented and massive surrendering of Boko Haram Terrorists in Bama Operational area on 2 and 4 August 2021 respectively, there has been confusion and severe apprehension in the camps of the Islamic State of West Africa Province especially amongst its top-ranking commanders over the depleting strength of its members, which has drastically dwindled their overall fighting efficiency.
It is against this backdrop that the terrorist group opted for the use of propaganda via AMAQ Terrorists Media Wing with the aim to portray the group as if it is still a potent force in the North East.
The current trend of apprehension in their camps was further aggravated by the recent alarming turn out of members of the terrorist group, who came out in droves with their families to lay down their arms and surrender to own troops at Mafa Local Government Area on 14 August 2021.
A total of 186 Boko Haram Terrorists members led by their Amir, Manye Aga, comprising 67 adult males, 54 adult females and 65 children surrendered to troops of Operation HADIN KAI at forwarding Operational Base (FOB) Ajiri. Items recovered from the surrendered terrorists include several AK 47 rifles and magazines, a locally made pistol, and 8 locally fabricated daggers
Similarly, on 15 August 2021, the Theatre took custody of additional Boko Haram fighters, comprising of 4 adult males, 11 adult females, and 18 children from Landanli, Azah, Ngaridua, and Kondilla villages, who surrendered to own troops of 151 Task Force Battalion, Banki Junction in Bama.
ISWAP is yet to come to terms with the reality of its current predicament, which has posed a serious negative impact on its prowess.
It is also worthy of note that the terrorists are overwhelmed with palpable fear and are making desperate efforts to halt the ongoing surrendering of their fighters from the Tumbus and Sambisa axis.
The Nigerian Military is more resolute in intensifying both kinetic and non-kinetic efforts in the fight against insurgency, banditry and sundry crimes in the country.”
Do you believe ISWAP is internationally funded?