Abuja - Boko Haram terrorists have resorted to providing loans young entrepreneurs and artisans in the Northeast as a way of inducing them for recruitment, the Defence Headquarters has reported.
According to the military authority, the major targets are youths especially the butchers, traders, tailors, beauticians and other vocational entrepreneurs.
“It has come to the knowledge of the Defence Headquarters that Boko Haram terrorists have now devised another means of recruiting unsuspecting
youths into their fold. In this clandestine dispensation, Boko Haram terrorists have resorted to providing loans to young entrepreneurs and artisans in the North East as a way of inducing them for recruitment,” read a statement from the Defence in Abuja.
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“After such loans, the beneficiaries are given the option of either joining the group or risk being killed if they fail to pay the loan as at when due, whereas the payment has been surreptitiously programmed to fail by the benefactor, the Boko Haram,” the Defence Headquarters said.
The Defence Headquarters added that having been effectively decimated and degraded, the remnant or surviving splinter groups of Boko Haram were desperate to recruit more people into their ranks and files as a result of sustained onslaught against them by the troops.
It advised the public, especially those in the North East, to be weary and conscious of various tactics of the Boko Haram.
“They should be guided to avoid loan or financial assistance from non-conventional source but from conventional financial institutions such as banks, organised trade unions or institutionalised savings and loans establishments.”
- CAJ News