Investigative and Independent Journalist, Ahmad Salkida has revealed that an Islamic State cell is searching for a foothold in the Zamfara/Sokoto axis of the North West Nigeria.
Salkida disclosed this in a series of tweets on his verified and official twitter handle, stating that the crisis situation in Zamfara hasn’t ushered in the desired results following military deployment.
He also revealed that there is an upsurge of violence in some Katsina communities bordering Zamfara State.
He said, “Zamfara in the last 7 days has not ushered in the desired results following Military deployment. The Military and the bandits, at best, have been playing a cat and mouse game”.
“At one moment, expectations rise to the impending routing of the bandits in one particular forest and in the next moment the bandits have melted unscathed to other forests”.
“For instance, we are witnessing an upsurge of banditry and disturbing violence in Safana and Batsari areas in Katsina state. Media and public attention on this front is at zero level, but not any less more troubling than what had been reported in Zamfara”.
“Specifically, the Ruggu forest in Katsina is now home and the operational base for bandits/terrorists who fled from the Zamfara plains following Military incursions there”.
“Nevertheless, there are still disturbing occurrences in Zamfara State that point to the presence of terrorists or embedded mercenaries. The confrontation is now taking the form of guerrilla warfare”.
“There was an ambush last week of soldiers within the vicinity of Talata Mafara forest. That this particular cell used locally made IED or land mines points to a possibility that it’s going to be a very long day in the trenches for both sides” .
“Another development is the calibre of arms and ammunition, such as the French Famas assault rifle, etc., allegedly sighted in Zamfara, which is not used by the Nigerian military, indicating the growing transnational network between North West #Nigeria and the #Sahel region”.
“I have previously reported on the activities of the Ansaru and it’s careful planning to build a strong in Zamfara. No superior intelligence has yet disproved that. Now, there’s new informatn about an IS cell searching for a foothold in the Zamfara/Sokoto axis of the North West”.