Police: ISIS spies operating from Borno IDP camps

Civilians displaced by Boko Haram sit at a camp near Yola, the capital of northeast Nigeria's Adamawa state.

The Borno police command says the Islamic State of West African Province (ISWAP), a faction of ISIS, has its spies operating from internally displaced persons (IDPs) camps in Borno state.

Ahmed Bello, an assistant commissioner of police in Borno, disclosed this while giving update on the security in the state.

Bello said three among the 22 Boko Haram insurgents arrested two months ago were members of ISIS.

He said the insurgents station their stooges at the IDP camps to perpetrate chaos.

“We had launched radio programmes aimed at sensitising the larger society on the need to be sensitive of their environment,” he said.

“It will interest you to note that 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.”

He said the arrest of the culprit had led to drastic reduction in cases of bomb blasts perpetrated by the insurgents, using improvised explosive device (IED) in Maiduguri metropolis.