Militants from the Islamic State-backed faction of Boko Haram, the Islamic State West Africa Province (ISWAP), formerly known as Jamā’at Ahl as-Sunnah lid-Da’wah wa’l-Jihād have begun inducing residents of Gaidam, Yobe State, with cash gifts.
According to reports, the group had shared N20,000 to well over 50 households as of Tuesday evening, with the hope to get some of them to join its ranks as militants.
Recall that the Boko Haram had invaded the local government area on the evening of Friday, and have since then held sway over the territory, defying attempts by the Nigerian military to recapture the place.
It was gathered that the insurgents, who destroyed private and public properties, including telecommunications facilities, have refrained from harming civilians, especially Muslims. The terror group also hoisted their flag and distributed propaganda leaflets, inviting residents to join their group.
A 2019 report by the International Crisis Group, a non-profit think tank, observed that ISWAP’s approach to recruiting new fighters proved effective.
Despite breaking away from the Abubakar Shekau-led Boko Haram faction in 2016, the population of its fighters had roughly doubled those of the latter according to estimate.
According to experts, the ISWAP often exploits gaps in governance by trying to prove that it can provide essential services in the areas under its control.