Nigeria Army raises alarm over massive recruitment by ISWAP


The Nigerian Army has warned Nigerians to be on the lookout within their environment as the Islamic State in West Africa Province (ISWAP) has embarked on a massive recruitment of members.

The Director, Army Public Relations, Brig. Gen. Onyema Nwachukwu, disclosed this during a tour of the Hadin Kai theatre command in Maiduguri, Borno state.

Nwachukwu called on the media to help block the recruitment, adding that the military is not resting on its oars in the fight to end insurgency and insecurity in the country.

“I will like to mention that the ISWAP, very recently, haven been depleted by the surrendering of their member, as well as and conflict between them,” he said.

“They have embarked on what I will call a massive recruitment drive and I consider it very important to engage the media to block this recruitment.

“The Boko Haram insurgents have been surrendering. People have questioned the authenticity of the surrendering of these insurgents and why they are surrendering at this time.

“There are also the questions on the reintegration of these insurgents. Another question is what the plight of the victims of the insurgency is.

“That is the essence of this tour,” Nwachukwu said.

Hundreds of the insurgents, including some of the top commanders have surrendered to troops of the army in the past couple of weeks following the death of Boko Haram leader Abubakar Sheku and a series of offensives against the insurgents in the ongoing Operation Hadin Kai in the north east.

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