The Niger State Government has raised the alarm over the presence of Islamic State West Africa Province (ISWAP) terrorists in the Borgu Local Government Area of the state.
The state governor, Alhaji Abubakar Sani Bello had earlier announced the presence of Boko Haram terrorists in parts of Shiroro, where it has overrun communities.
The Secretary to the State Government (SSG), Alhaji Ahmed Matane, during a press briefing on Tuesday in Minna, the state capital, blamed ISWAP for the kidnap of the Dodo of Wawa.
He also said the terrorist group was trying to establish a caliphate around the Kainji National Park located in the Borgu council area.
According to him, the members of the sect claimed they were on God’s mission to the area.
He said they had been indoctrinating the people of the area with their beliefs.
“They claimed that they are not bandits, but poised to set up a Caliphate at the Kainji National Park. They claimed they are not bandits but that they are Godsend and they are operating from the border of Niger, Benin Republic, and Nigeria. Though Benin Republic has closed its borders, the ISWAP is operating around the periphery trying to indoctrinate communities there to accept their teaching and forget about what government is doing,” Matane said.
According to him, the terrorists have been preaching against education and discouraging parents from sending their children to school.