- The Nigerian military has revealed new platforms used by Boko Haram terrorists to recruit new members
- The artillery commander of operation Lafiya Dole, Major Murtala Usman, said that terrorists gang now use social media like Facebook, WhatsApp, SnapChat, Instagram and Youtube
- Usman further revealed that the terrorists group now has 2,000 followers on its social media accounts
The Nigerian Army on Tuesday, August 14, said it had unravelled a Facebook and other social media accounts allegedly used by a faction of the Boko Haram group to recruit new members.
The artillery commander of operation Lafiya Dole, Major Murtala Usman, who announced this at the ongoing Nigerian Army combat support training week in Maiduguri, said the social media accounts are peopled with 2,000 followers, Punch reports.
Usman said that terrorists from the Albarnawi faction of the Boko Haram group were getting recruits on social media platforms like Facebook, WhatsApp, SnapChat, Instagram and Youtube.
He remarked that the military discovered this while interrogating a “highly placed Boko Haram commander known as Malu-Mamman Barde’’, who was tracked and apprehended in the Kala-Balge local government area of Borno state.
“Barde is among the most wanted Boko Haram suspect that had committed so many atrocities against humanity.
“Through the suspect’s mobile phone, we found several videos soliciting finance for the group. We also found some other videos where Barde was seen preaching Jihad and the ideology of the group.
“Most of Barde’s pictures were that of Abu-Mosad Albarnawi and other Boko Haram fighter posing with Anti-Air craft guns, rockets and Boko Haram flag,’’ he said.
Lieutenant-General Tukur Buratai, the chief of Army staff, represented by Major-General Abubakar Salihu, said that the training was to draw up strategies for several military operations across Nigeria.
He added that the training was designed to adopt new strategies to combat insecurity in the country through brainstorming and reviewing of operations. He said: “The nation faces series of security challenges, including Boko Haram insurgency, farmers/herders crisis, kidnapping, armed robbery, banditry and violence, among others.
Major-General Abubakar Tarfa, the corp commander artillery, said the week-long training was a veritable media for the generation of ideas for combat arms.
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The training was themed Strengthening Combat Support Arms Cooperation in Contemporary Security Challenges. Tarfa remarked that it was designed to generate strategies for confronting current security challenges in the nation.
Meanwhile, Legit.ng reported that the Nigerian Army had dismissed reports that 23 Nigerian soldiers were yet to be accounted for after Boko Haram insurgents ambushed a military convoy at Boboshe village in Bama local government area of Borno state.
The army in a tweet on Monday, July 16, described the report as misleading, adding that 22 members of Boko Haram were killed when the terrorists tried to cart away operational vehicles of troops.
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