Metro Army uncovers social media platforms being used by Boko Haram to recruit...
The Nigeria Army on Tuesday stated that it has uncovered a Facebook account as well as other social media handles allegedly being used by a faction of the Boko Haram terrorist organisation to recruit new members.
Artillary Commander of Operation Lafiya Dole, Major Murtala Usman, disclosed this while speaking at the ongoing Nigerian Army Combat Support Training Week in Maiduguri, revealing that the social media accounts had 2,000 followers.
He pointed out that insurgents from the Albarnawi faction of the Boko Haram sect were recruiting new members on social media platforms like Facebook, Whatsapp, SnapChat, Instagram and Youtube.
The Artillary Commander said the army discovered this, while interrogating a “highly placed Boko Haram commander known as Malu-Mamman Barde’’, who was tracked and apprehended 40km South of Rann area in Kala-Balge Local Government Area of Borno.
According to him, “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 offensive 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.”
Speaking earlier at the event, the Chief of Army Staff, Lt.-Gen. Tukur Buratai said that the training was to draw up strategies for various military operations across the country.
Buratai, who was represented by the Commander of Training and Doctrine, Maj.-Gen. Abubakar Salihu, added that the training was designed to adopt new strategies to combat insecurity in the country through brain storming and reviewing of operations.
“The nation faces series of security challenges, including Boko Haram insurgency, farmers/herders crisis, kidnapping, armed robbery, banditry and violence, among others.”