Three groups supporting terrorist organizations in the Sahel region was on Tuesday (today) named by the National Security Adviser (NSA), Retired Major-General Babagana Monguno.
The groups as identified by the NSA are Jama’at Nasr al-Islam Wal Muslimin, JNIM, the Islamic and Muslim Support Group, GSIM, and Islamic State in Greater Sahara, ISGS.
Making the disclosure in a speech delivered at the 14th Workshop of the League of Ulamas, Preachers and Imams of Sahel countries in Abuja, Nigeria, the NSA said: “Terrorism and the rapid escalation of violent activities by militant Islamist groups in the Sahel since 2016 have been primarily driven by the Islamic State in Greater Sahara (ISGS), which mainly operates in Mali and extends to the Niger Republic and Burkina Faso.
“It is bolstered by activities of groups such as Jama’at Nasr al-Islam Wal Muslimin (JNIM), the Islamic and Muslim Support Group (GSIM), and ISGS, which have continued to pose an imminent threat to the stability of the region.
“In Nigeria, Boko-Haram and Islamic State in West Africa Province (ISWAP) dominate terrorist activities, especially in the North-Eastern part of the country.”
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