A Boko Haram, Bandits Out to Blackmail the Buhari Regime-US of United States policymakers has given an insight into the current status of both the jihadist group, Boko Haram, operating mainly in the North-East and bandits spread across North West communities. The group says renegate terror outfits are working in cohort to blackmail Buhari administration as reported in The Wall Street Journal.
According to the report though the U.S. has not recognised armed banditry as a direct threat to its interest, its officials have been monitoring bandit commanders and their possible coordination with Boko Haram insurgents.
“The bandits are a distant priority for U.S. policy makers focused on Nigeria’s jihadist threat, though American officials say they have intercepted calls from suspected Islamist militants in the northeast who are advising bandits in the northwest on kidnapping operations and negotiations,” the Journal said in a report published on Saturday.
Though the Nigerian government appears not to be in a hurry to label the bandits as terrorists, it has however, ordered an intensified raids on their hideouts in unsecured forest hideouts.
”The problem is to understand the culture of the cattle rearers, the Nigerian cattle rearers do not carry anything more than a stick. Sometimes they carry machetes to just cut some herbs for the cattle. But those foreigners from other parts of Africa are carrying AK-47,” President Buhari said in an interview earlier in the year.