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We won’t allow foreigners overrun Nigeria – Military

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We won’t allow foreigners overrun Nigeria – Military

By Sumaila Ogbaje

Maiduguri, September 22, 2021 Theater Commander, Operation Hadin Kai, Major-General. Christopher Musa, says Nigerian military will not allow West African Province of Islamic States (ISWAP), a foreign terrorist group, to have a solid footing in Nigeria

Musa said this in an interview with reporters on Wednesday in Maiduguri.

He said the ISWAP terrorist group was a foreign-sponsored foreign terrorist organization with local collaborations, adding that the terrorists who refused to surrender were from ISWAP.

According to him, ISWAP is a foreign terrorist organization which is funded by foreign individuals and probably locals but mostly foreigners and then they have foreign leadership which means they have no stake in Nigeria.

“It is very clear that the ISWAPs are foreigners who come to invade our country, which we will never allow.

“That’s why I want to encourage those of them, especially the members who are with them, to step back and understand that they have no interest in what these guys are doing.

“They don’t wish the country well, they don’t wish each other well and we will never allow a foreigner to step on the ground in Nigeria,” he said.

The theater commander said the military had advised governments on the need to adopt the system of involving victims in dialogue on dealing with surrendered terrorists.

He added that the government must ensure that victims are not left behind, saying people should be assured that the proper processes will be followed without compromise.

According to him, some of the victims are soldiers, because the army has lost wonderful officers and soldiers.

“So for us even accepting them was very difficult, but professionally we are supposed to do it.

“Once we have these windows and they work, we’re supposed to make sure that we shut them down, bring them in and then the nation will argue through the constitution and that’s what’s going to happen.

“We want them to agree to fully understand that Operation Hadin Kai is only doing its part and that the military operation is just a line of operation which represents about 20% while the remaining 80% concerns diplomacy, humanitarian aid, justice. , the rule of law and all of those things.

“So this is the stage we are in now,” he said.

Musa revealed that the terrorists were secured separately, adding that they were not going to be released like this.

He said profiling of surrendered terrorists was carried out by the Defense Intelligence Agency (DIA), DSS and other security agencies.

According to him, everyone who has something to do also checks, we also invited the National Identity Management Agency (NIMC) which takes everyone’s profiles.

“They take the thumbs up and take pictures and so even after that we know what they’re doing, we know where they are and know where it’s going.

“It shows that we are following the proper procedure and that no one will be compromised,” he said.

Source: NAN

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