Godwin Tsa, Abuja
The Coalition Against Terrorism in Nigeria (CATN) has charged security agencies to be on red alert following a report by the United States of America about plans by Islamic group, Al-Qaeda, to infiltrate southern part of the country and expand its network across West Africa.
In addition, the anti-terrorism organisation also warned Nigerians to equally be vigilant and avoid promoting attempts by some individuals or groups to sow unwholesome propaganda at a time the military had shoved these terrorists to obscure parts of the north.
The coalition gave this charge at a press conference in Abuja, yesterday.
Speaking on behalf of the group, Abdulmalik Alfa said all hands must be on deck to complement the efforts of the military.
According to him, the police, National Drug Law Enforcement Agency, DSS and other stakeholders have critical roles to play in supporting the troops.
“There is no doubt that the sustained offensive by the Nigerian Army against the Boko Haram terrorists and other militant groups across the country has indeed placed these nefarious groups in disarray.
“This fact was buttressed by the exploits of the Chief of Army Staff, who had been leading the charge against the Boko Haram terror group by physically relocating to North-East Nigeria and directing the counter-insurgency operations.
“The Coalition Against Terrorism in Nigeria has, on numerous occasions encountered the Nigerian troops in operations in North-East Nigeria during some of our on the spot assessment surveys in North-East Nigeria. This is indeed commendable and mostly responsible for the abandonment of the mission of the terror group towards expanding their nefarious activities to other parts of the country.
“We consequently wish to state that there is an urgent need for other critical stakeholders to join hands with the Nigerian Military by extending support in areas necessary towards addressing the threats posed by the Boko Haram/ISWAP terrorist group in the country.”