The Borno State Police Command has said the Islamic State of West African Province (ISWAP), a faction of ISIS, has its spies operating from Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs) camps in the state.

Assistant Commissioner of Police Ahmed Bello stated this while giving an update on the security situation at a Humanitarian and Development Coordination Forum in Maiduguri.

Bello, who represented the Commissioner of Police, Demien Chukwu, said it was established that three among the 22 Boko Haram insurgents arrested two months ago were members of ISIS.

According to him, the terrorists usually stationed their stooge at the IDPs camps to perpetrate chaos without being noticed.

He said: “We have launched radio programmes to sensitise the larger society on the need to be sensitive of their environment.

“Some of the affected victims in camps were not IDPs; we have our ways of rating them to the classes of A.B.C. So if you find any suspicious person, do not just send him away, but arrest him because the terrorists have their sympathisers; they are the people that are giving them information.”

Northeast Zonal Coordinator of the National Emergency Management Authority (NEMA) Bashir Garga hailed the police and other security agencies for protecting IDPs and creating a safe working environment for humanitarian aid workers in the Northeast.

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