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Killings: Gbajabiamila, others worried over foreign influence

HOUSE of Representatives Speaker Femi Gbajabiamila and the Chairman of the House of Representatives Committee on Defence, Babajimi Benson, have expressed concern that foreign powers are fueling  insurgency in Nigeria.

They expressed the fear on Wednesday after meeting with Security Chiefs.

Moreover, Gbajabiamila, who urged the Service Chiefs to redouble their efforts in the anti-insurgency fight by taking the battle to criminals in their hideout, confirmed that the conspiracy theory was discussed.

He was echoed by Benson, who briefed reporters after he and his colleagues chairing the committees on Army, Navy, National Intelligence and Air Force met the Service Chiefs.

When asked to react to the allegation that some foreign powers were arming insurgents in a bid to destabilise the country, Gbajabiamila replied: “Yes, like I said, that is part of the things we discussed. There could be some truth in that.

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“Military issues are not things we should discuss in public, but they (military chiefs) raised a lot of issues that we must all sit down as Nigerians and discuss.

“One of them is that there is probably an international dimension to what we see. There is ISIS, there is ISWAP. These are things that we need to discuss in a very classified manner.

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