Few hours after resumption of work by the new Minister of Defence, General Aliyu Gusau (rtd), there are strong signals that discreet moves are on to conscript what a top security source called ‘dark forces within Western intelligence agencies’ to tame insurgency in Northeastern Nigeria.

Citing top intelligence briefings, the source hinted that the Boko Haram conflict demands direct collaboration with covert units of Western intelligence agencies like the Central Intelligence Agency, M15, including security services of Germany, France, Canada and other Western capitals.

‘Beyond the militant salafists, insurgency is also a dirty war, a proxy war woven around Western interests. We suspect that when and if Western interests are threatened, solution cannot be found unless they (Western services) are also integrated,’ the official said.

Sunday Tribune was told that ‘dirty units exist conducting covert operations all over the world and the experience from the Syrian civil war confirms that…

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