Defence Headquarters plays down US intelligence on Al-Qaeda infiltrating North-West/

The Defence Headquarters has played down a recent US intelligence on the infiltration of of Al-Qaeda militants into the North-West, noting it is not something to be worried about.

Commander of the US Special Operations Command, Dagvin Anderson, had earlier informed the Nigerian government of the activities of militant group and the attendant threat such pose to the country's stability.

Reacting to development, however, the Coordinator of the Defence Media Operations, John Enenche, said the the US alarm was nothing new.

According to him, the intelligence unit of the Nigerian military has been living up to its expectations in providing information about the group's activities including moving from “terrorists from the middle east to West Africa”.

He said: “Our attention is being drawn to the fact that terrorists from other zones are coming here, I think it would be good for us to be keeping records of events as they unfold.

“For me, this is not the first time they are raising such an alarm, the alarm is as old as maybe five or ten years ago and the armed forces and the country is conscious of it.

“When the conflict in Libya was declared officially that it ended, which did not end what happened? It was we, our NIA, state service and all that raised the information that these people are moving.

“Have we not captured foreigners among the people that have been terrorizing us in this country? So it is just like a call to keep doing what you are doing, so the general public should know that the security agencies are on top of that one.

“Why do we have ISAWP here now, was ISWAP indigenous to Nigeria, No! So it’s just like telling you the obvious and I want to take like an advice to continue to ensure you have measures in place to continue checking them.”

He called on Nigerians not to be disturbed by the group's activities, explaining the army had put in place strategies to combat them