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U.S. confirms Boko Haram, bandits working together to extort Buhari regime

According to The Wall Street Journal, a team of US policymakers has discovered how Boko Haram terrorists operating in the North-East area have been cooperating with armed bandits terrorizing towns across the North-West to collect ransom from the Buhari government and civilian victims.

The US has not recognized armed banditry as a direct danger to its interests, according to the American daily, but officials have been watching bandit commanders and their probable collaboration with Boko Haram terrorists.

“The bandits remain a distant concern for US policymakers focused on Nigeria’s Islamist threat, however American authorities claim they have intercepted calls from suspected bandits in the country.

The report could bolster widespread calls for President Muhammadu Buhari to declare the bandits as terrorists, even though they have no declared political or religious aim. Administration officials said the government was not in a hurry to label the bandits, but has ordered security forces to intensify raids of unsecured forests and other hideouts. 

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“The problem is to understand the culture of the cattle rearers, the Nigerian cattle rearers do not carry anything more than a stick. Sometimes they carry machetes to just cut some herbs for the cattle, but those foreigners from other parts of Africa are carrying AK-47,” Mr Buhari said in an interview earlier this year.

But the bandits have acquired weapons far more assorted than AK-47, and they have recently shot down a fighter jet deployed to conduct reconnaissance operations in the hostile region. “Criminal factions appear to be better equipped with larger-capacity advanced weaponry than national security agencies,” the Journal reported citing a security memo presented to Mr Buhari in July.

The US findings were revealed as The Journal reported that the Nigerian Air Force paid a ransom of N20 million to reclaim an anti-aircraft machine gun from bandits before they could use it to shoot down the president’s jet.

Reporters were unable to establish if the United States had provided intelligence on Boko Haram-bandit coordination with Mr Buhari or his national security officials.


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4 COMMENTS

  1. Actually this may be the case. Because it is very obvious the way they just kidnap for no reason and ask for an exurbitant ransome.
    All I know is that some devilish politicians are behind all these scenarios.

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