There are reports that leaders of Islamic State (ISIS) are sneaking battle-hardened jihadists from Syria into Nigeria to train terrorists there for possible attacks in Britain.
The Sun, a UK based newspaper, reported on Monday that some of the fighters have been sent to the Middle East for training in a “chilling exchange programme”.
It quoted insiders as raising concern that the strong links between Nigeria and the UK will make it easier for IS to send its killers here to bring more death and destruction.
“It is feared IS will exploit regular flights between Lagos and London to export more evil to the UK,” the report read.
It noted that more than 150 British troops were conducting counter-terror training with Nigerian forces in an attempt to stem the bloody tide — and stop IS from taking hold of the West African region.
Isaac Subi, a group captain, who has been fighting terrorism, said IS has an exchange programme of fighters.
“They come and train their fighters here and some of our insurgents too are granted access to their training in Yemen and Syria, acquiring those skills and they come back and teach others,” he said.
“They have their exchange programme of fighters. Their poisonous attack has already ended in horror attacks on British streets.”
Subi added that the lack of secure borders across Africa also makes it easy to spread the bloodshed.
“There are hundreds of fighters. It’s a virus that spreads across our borders. Their action leaves trails of blood and tears and sorrow,” he added.
Also speaking, Britain’s defense adviser in Abuja, Charles Calder, said ISIS could be a threat to the UK mainland if unchecked.
“In time, unchecked, it could present a threat to both UK interests and conceivably the UK mainland,” Calder said.
“Sending small, handpicked teams out to military training hubs across the country was the best way to prevent Nigeria from collapsing.
“Brits has so far trained 35,000 military personnel in Nigeria and commanders say they are now performing better on the frontline.
“The UK has teams training Nigeria’s air force, army , naval special forces and the equivalent of the SAS.”