‘ISWAP In Massive Recruitment Drive’ 

The Director Army Public Relations, Brigadier General Onyema Nwachukwu on Sunday disclosed that in fear of the alarming rate of Boko Haram massive surrender after Abubakar Shekau’s death, the Islamic State of West Africa Province (ISWAP) terrorists have began fresh recruitment drive over loss of fighters.

Nwachukwu, made the disclosure during a  courtesy call on the Theatre Commander, Operation Hadin Kai, Major General Christopher Musa, as part of his media tour of military facilities in Borno to assess the surrendered ISWAP members. .

The Army Spokesman called on members of the public to be on the red alert and avoid their wards from being part of the ISWAP latest campaign.

Nwachukwu said:” ISWAP, very recently, haven been depleted by the surrendering of their members, as well as the conflict between them, 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. The military is not resting on its oars in the fight to end insurgency and insecurity in the country.”

He added that the fight against insurgency had recorded success.

He noted that at some point, the insurgents almost took over the three state capitals of Adamawa, Borno and Yobe in the North-East, adding that some three years back, Boko Haram was advancing towards the Federal Capital Territory, but of recent they have been boxed in to the Timbuks.

Speaking, the theatre Commander, Operation Hadin Kai , Major General Christopher Musa, said the military was doing all within the international laws in handling the Boko Haram issue.

He said the military has no power to prosecute the insurgents but to profile and investigate before handing them over to the necessary authorities.

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