– A new report has emanated from the Office of the National Security Adviser (NSA) to President Muhammadu Buhari
– The report declared secessionist agitation groups like the Indigenous Peoples of Biafra (IPOB) as a threat to the nation’s security.
– Other groups declared as enemies of the state are Boko Haram terrorists, Niger Delta militants, Islamic Movement of Nigeria (IMN or the Shiite group), Muslim Brotherhood, ISIS recruitment cells, armed herdsmen, cattle rustling and gun running syndicates
A new report by the office of the NSA to President Buhari has declared secessionist groups like IPOB as a threat to national security, Thisday reports.
Other groups declared as enemies of the state are Boko Haram terrorists, Niger Delta militants, Islamic Movement of Nigeria (IMN or the Shiite group), Muslim Brotherhood, ISIS recruitment cells, armed herdsmen, cattle rustling and gun running syndicates
The classified document titled: ‘2016 Annual Threat Assessment’, showed that a multi-agency and multi-disciplinary organisation called the Intelligence Fusion Centre (IFC) has been created to analyse information from different sources and agencies with respect to threat to the country.
NAIJ.com gathered that IFC will then integrate all information gathered by different security agencies into a single intelligence product.
This, security sources say, would make it easier for security agencies in the country to share information.
In determining which organisation constitutes a threat to the country, the IFC considers both intent and capability.
“For it is the combination of these two factors that most sharply characterises the significance of these threats to the security of Nigeria,” the 2016 Annual Threat Assessment stated.
“The above classification, perhaps explains the decision to clamp down on both the IMN and IPOB,” it concluded.
International human rights organisations such as the Amnesty International had accused Nigerian security agencies of using excessive force in dealing with both IMN and IPOB.
Last week, IPOB leader, Nnamdi Kanu, was granted bail under stringent conditions which those in authorities believed he would not be able to meet.
IMN leader, Sheikh Ibrahim el-Zakzaky and his wife, Zeenat, are still in the custody of the authorities.