Security agencies have uncovered Islamic State in West Africa (ISWA) fighters in Benue, Kogi and Edo states.
A media agency disclosed that the group has been operating in some North Central and South-South states using foreign terrorists.
ISWA are also believed to be recruiting young men into their group.
“A good number” of the Islamic State terrorists have reprotedly been arrested not only in the Benue valley, but significantly in many towns in Edo State, such as Akoko Edo, Okpella and Benin, the state capital. They have also been found in Okene in central Kogi State.
“Security service organisations, including the Department of State Service, (DSS) in a report submitted to President Muhammadu Buhari, identified an Islamic State in West Africa network operating within some North Central and South-South areas,” a source said.
“They mostly speak the French. This is the first time that security officials have confirmed that Islamic State in West Africa members are operating as a unit in Nigeria and the level of their penetration of the country.