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Monday, January 8, 2018

Boko Haram: Army speaks on Shekau, others as sect recruits nationwide

The Nigerian Army has given an update of leaders on the Boko Haram terrorist group.

It also gave an alert on the sect’s aggressive recruitment drive across the country.

A statement by Army spokesman, Brig-Gen Sani Usman, said the Boko Haram had been perfecting strategies as they continued their nefarious activities through enticement, deceit, concealment and outright propaganda.

It noted that “factional leader, Abubakar Shekau, is in a terrible state of health and not much a threat as he is now a spent horse, waiting for his waterloo”.

“However, Abu Mus’ab Albarnawi, who has been busy deceiving and recruiting gullible persons especially misguided youths into his fold will soon be captured.”

The statement lamented that misguided persons, particularly youths were getting conscripted into the sect through enticements.

“They are usually attracted to the sect because of the deceitful and erroneous impression that Abu Musab’s Albarnawiy brand of “jihad” and insurgency is refined and genuine.

“This is far from it. Both factions are terrorists’ organizations whose activities constitute crimes against humanity. Their nefarious activities run contrary to the religion of Islam.

“The faction has recruiters all over the country, especially in the north east.

However, their clearing house for such conscripts is at Potiskum, Yobe State. Efforts are ongoing to track those involved,” he said.

On Mamman Nur Algadi, the Nigerian Army said he has been a cripple since 2014 when he was hit by NAF in Mubi.

“He is not a fighter, rather he taught in Boko Haram terrorists enclave and he is also a member of the Shurah Council of the terrorists group.

“He was wounded along with one Abu Mujahid, an indigene of Saminaka, Kaduna State, who was later executed by Abubakar Shekau,” he added.

Usman appealed to Nigerians to be guided against those seeking to sell the idea of terrorism through recruitment and other forms.

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