- An Islamic extremist group called Hakika is said to be recruiting in Nasarawa state
- The civil society organisations in the state are concerned about the alarming rate at which the group is recruiting
- The CSOs warn that if nothing is done to check the recruitment exercise, the consequences could be deadlier than that of the Boko Haram terrorists
The alarming rate at which the dreaded Hakika Islamic extremists are being recruited in Nasarawa state is becoming a source of concern for the people in the state.
The Guardian reports that civil society organisations (CSO) in the state have expressed concerns over the recruitment.
Legit.ng gathers that the hint was given by a security expert, Dr Nawni Aboki, at a one-day training for CSOs on preventing and countering violent extremism organised by the North East Regional Initiative (NERI) in Lafia.
According to him, recruitment of the Islamic sect is ongoing in Lafia and some parts of Toto local council. He also said that report by the Department of State Security Services revealed that the group was carrying out recruitment in Toto area.
He said the group was secretly recruiting in Lafia, adding that the sect offered free feeding and empowerment to the recruits, who were mainly Islamic youths.
According to him, if nothing is done by the government to check the recruitment exercise, the consequences could be deadlier than that of the Boko Haram terrorists.
Meanwhile, Legit.ng previously reported that the emergence of a new Islamist sect known as Hakika operating in Toto local government area of Nasarawa state generated fear in the state.
The group occupied a large expanse of the forest in the area. Its members are claiming to be Islamist saints.
The Emir of Lafia, who is also the chairman of the state traditional council of chiefs, Alhaji Isah Agwai, cautioned residents to be wary. He expressed dismay over the activities of the new sect.
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