Monday, October 3, 2011

Arms inflow from Northern borders intensifies

3 October 2011

•The Gaddafi mercenaries connection •Boko Haram members relocate to Kano, others
Written by Olawale Rasheed, Abuja

AS security services struggle to combat budding terrorism, a fresh alarm has been raised about the inflow of sophisticated arms of various types into northern Nigerian cities from the vast northern borders of the country with Niger and Chad.

Nigerian Tribune was told that arms and ammunition taken by loyalists of ousted Libyan president, Moammar Gaddafi, from Libya to the Agadez region of Niger Republic are finding their way into northern Nigeria, even as fresh reports indicated that hard core Boko Haram members are now hibernating in northwestern cities after escaping counter-terrorism onslaughts from the northeastern part of the country.

Previous reports had shown that Nigerians who served as mercenaries in the Libyan army were flocking into the country through the country’s  northern borders, even as speculations are rife about the involvement of the former Libyan strongman who had earlier advocated a division of Nigeria into three, in the Islamic insurgency led by Boko Haram sect.

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