Following reports that son of a former Chief Justice of Nigeria, Justice Mohammed Uwais, had allegedly joined the Islamic State militants in Iraq and Syria (ISIS), intelligence services in Nigeria are now trailing other Nigerians who recently traveled to the Middle East.
A manhunt has also been declared for the son of the former CJN.
Reports said he obtained a Turkish visa in Abuja and travelled to Syria through Turkey to allegedly link up with the Islamic militants who now control large swathes of Iraq, Syria and Libya.
An online medium, The Cable, had on Thursday reported that details of his arrival in Turkey were made available, while images of CCTV recordings were also said to have been analysed by the Turkish security agencies to establish their movement.
Intelligence sources had earlier alerted that the jihadists were recruiting Nigerians and several other Africans through various guises.
According to Punch, security sources said the DSS leadership had briefed the state directorates of the agency and the field operatives to be on the look-out for the suspect and other Nigerians that may want to head for Syria to join ISIS terrorists.
The paper quotes a source as saying:“DSS operatives have been directed to be on the look-out for the suspect because it has not been established whether the man and his family are in Syria or not, but security agencies are not relenting in their efforts to ascertain the location of the suspect and everything is being done to prevent others from joining the militants,” he stated.