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– Boko Haram terrorists are closely tied with international terrorist groups, including Al
-Qaeda, according to the presidential facts finding committee
– The committee’s 50-page investigative report with never published before details was eventually made public The presidential facts finding committee on the abducted female students of Government Secondary School Chibok in Borno state have established that Boko Haram terrorist group is closely tied with international terrorist groups, including Al-Qaeda.
The information contained in the committee’s 50-page report to former President Goodluck Jonathan. Premium Times obtained the report with never-seen-before details and made them public.
According to the news website, the 27-member panel was inaugurated by Mr. Jonathan on May 6, 2014, to find out the circumstances leading to the abduction of the 276 female students and other Boko Haram related issues.
Before the committee, chaired by Ibrahim Sabo, a retired brigadier general, was set up there were suspicions about Boko Haram collaboration with other terrorist groups worldwide. Journalists recall that in 2002, the late he founder of al-Qaeda Osama bin Laden reportedly sent his aide to Nigeria to distribute $3 million to Salafi groups and Boko Haram. By 2006, Boko Haram insurgets allegedly underwent training in the Sahel alongside al-Qaeda in Islamic Maghreb. The report reads in part: “It is on record that Boko Haram has regional and international links with Al-Qaeda in the Islamic Maghreb (AQIM), an Al-Qaeda affiliate, and has cooperated with other terrorist groups
A collaborative and cooperative regional approach would be most effective in ensuring that there is no safe haven for terrorists in and around the shores of Nigeria.”
The committee stressed that the mentioned approach was adopted 15 years ago by ECOWAS in conflict prevention, resolution and management. It also advised the government to consult and cooperate with neighbouring countries, multilateral organisations such as African Union, ECOWAS, United Nations and others. Besides, the committee representatives recommended to accelerate the enactment of the Regional Counter-Terrorism Strategy (RCTS) and urgently establish Nigeria’s early warning mechanism/system in line with the Abidjan Declaration of ECOWAS member states.
“This will ensure that appropriate social, political, environment and economic indicators are identified, regularly monitored, analysed and reported in a way that elicits action to prevent and/or mitigate threats to peace and security by appropriate authorities,” it said. Since the current insurgency started in 2009, Boko Haram has killed more than 20,000 and displaced 2.3 million from their homes and was ranked as the world’s deadliest terror group by the Global Terrorism Index in 2015. Yesterday Colonel Sanni Usman, the acting director on army public relations, has

announced the complete elimination of Boko Haram terrorist group camps in the entire north-eastern part of Nigeria.

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