Armed bandits have confessed to receiving arms and ammunition from operatives of the State Security Service, SSS and splitting ransom payments received at gunpoint.
The bandits told German news platform, Deutsche Welle in a recent report that they “borrow weapons” from the state agents, including police officers, who they say have been a part of the conspiracy that has fueled insecurity across Nigeria.
The report however comes amidst widespread claims that Nigerian security forces are guilty of fuelling insecurity for financial gains.
It would be recalled that in 2018, Theophilus Danjuma, a former Chief of Army Staff, accused the Nigerian military and other state agents of ‘colluding’ with criminal elements waging war across the country.
Thereafter, the President Muhammadu Buhari administration denied the allegations, while its body language suggests that it is not concerned about the raging crisis.
Buhari’s fight against insecurity was also faulted, as his administration chose to stand with Isa Pantami, one of his cabinet ministers who was recently exposed to have links with terrorists organizations.
Meanwhile, a spokesman for the SSS did not return a request seeking comments from Peoples Gazette about whether or not the secret police was aware of a possible alliance between its officers and armed bandits wreaking havoc across the country.