Epoch Times Africa Reports — Nigeria’s Hybrid Threat: Terrorists Allied With Bandits

To talk to Barry Asake today, you could picture a 57-year-old architect working in downtown Washington and driving home every day to leafy Bethesda, Maryland, and not a man who 90 days ago was hiking 11 hours a day through thorn bushes while guarded by heavily armed bandits. But Asake lives in Abuja, the capital of Nigeria, and not Washington. Just three months ago, he got caught in the vortex of crime that has plunged his nation into crisis and caused some U.S. Africa watchers to worry that Nigeria could morph into a state dominated by an ISIS-like caliphate. Asake’s nightmarish abduction ended without tragedy after a two-day ordeal, but he considers himself lucky. “It was beyond lucky; it was God’s mercy,” he said in a telephone interview. “But you would be shocked to hear what they told me just before I was let go.” Asake was driving home to …Africa News | The Epoch TimesRead MoreAfrica, World, Nigeria, Fulani, christians, terrorists

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