Nigeria links own police, military personnel to terrorism, banditry

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Nigeria authorities have revealed that some police and military personnel are complicit in the terrorism and banditry that have swept the country and killed more than 120,000 people since 2009.

Investigations have revealed complaints that security personnel were involved in the insurgency largely propelled by Boko Haram and Islamic State West African Province (ISWAP) in northeast Nigeria and on the fringes of Chad, Niger and Cameroon, and banditry in northwest and north central.

While more than 110,000 people have died in the war against the insurgency, more than 10,000 have also been killed in bandit attacks.

Kaduna state Governor Nasir El-Rufai reported that at least 1,192 residents had died and 3,348 were kidnapped by bandits in 2021 alone.

He said on Thursday evening at a weekly briefing at the presidential villa in Abuja that reports from a preliminary investigation linked some serving police and military personnel to bandits and terrorists.

Reacting to the suspicion that security operations might have been infiltrated by terrorists, El-Rufai said Nigeria was concerned about infiltrators.

The governor said a report on Boko Haram financing also showed some links to bandits and pointed to some police and military officers as having some communication or connection with the criminals.

“So, there’s always that risk – in any system you have traitors and we’re concerned about that. But … we don’t have any firm evidence of that. I think a lot more work needs to be done,” he said.

Culled from TheEastAfrican

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