The Department of State Services is aware of the presence of Jihadi elements from Far Burkina, Mali, Niger and Libya in Nigerias Northwest region seeking alliances with armed groups the Director-General Yusuf Magaji Bichi said.
Bichi was represented by Dr Hakeem Adebola, an Assistant Director with the agency at a conference organised by Umaru Shinkafi Legacy Foundation as the Organisation commenced its annual Umaru Shnkafi Security Summit in Memory of the Late Umar Ali Shinkafi Marafan Sokoto.
He said the agency had information and was following developments in the region and called for more synergy between states and the Federal Government in the fight against insecurity especially around the border and forest areas.
The director-general said that access to intelligence in the Northwest is very important, adding that they also have to assess the capabilities of their security forces.
He said most times the bandits engaged in violence because they were shot of resources and they kidnap when they are shot of resources from Libya, Chad, Niger Republic and Mali.
Participants in the conference included the Governor of Sokoto State Aminu Tambuwal and his Zamfara State counterpart Bello Matawalle, the former Governor of Kano StateNigeria: Rabiu Musa Kwankwaso, his Zamfara State counterpart, Abdulaziz Yari, as well as former Chairman of Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, Mrs Farida Waziri.