Islamic terrorist group, Boko Haram, has reportedly been moving from one village to another in Yobe and Borno States sharing cash and Ramadan handouts to the residents.
According to online news medium SaharaReporters, the insurgents in question is a faction of Boko Haram – Islamic State West Africa Province (ISWAP), formally known as Jamā’at Ahl as-Sunnah lid-Da’wah wa’l-Jihād).
It also revealed the contents of the distributed Ramadan handouts as foodstuff such as rice, beans, millet, maize, sugar, spaghetti and cash gifts.
“Imagine, they (insurgents) claimed that the gesture was aimed at assisting villagers to perform Ramadan fast and Sallah with ease and happiness, the same villagers they killed their friends and family members,” a source told SR.
The shocking move comes at a time the country is struggling to contain the alarming cases of insecurity owing to unchecked activities of terrorists, kidnappers as well as bandits which are gradually spreading from the north to different parts of the country.
A 2019 report by the International Crisis Group stated that, “Although its leadership has been largely ethnic Kanuri, ISWAP has recruited significantly among lacustrine communities, notably the ethnic Buduma, many of whom earn a living from fishing.”
A senior researcher, Remadji Hoinathy, in May 2019 also noted that “the ideological aspect of the crisis must be dealt with. The ability of the group to recruit is one of the biggest reasons for its expansion, and so a deeper understanding of its recruitment patterns and operating mechanisms is crucial.”
The terrorists have expanded rapidly in recent months, mounting their Jihadist flags in towns and villages spreading from north-east through to the north-central.
The Nigerian army appears to be at its wits’ end on how to contain the menace.
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