“Terrorists now recruiting massively in Niger, Kaduna – Security expert
Ansaru recruiting

A security expert, Kabiru Adamu, has raised the alarm that a terrorist group, Ansaru, is currently recruiting en mass in Kaduna and Niger States.

The security, risk management and intelligence solution consultant disclosed this while speaking on a television programme yesterday.

Adamu said terrorist enclaves were being established between the boundary communities of Kaduna and Niger States, lamenting that the situation was getting worrisome and needed urgent attention from the government.

Recall that the Kaduna State Government had said over 300 people have been killed already this year with over a thousand kidnapped, while the Niger State Government said over 200 were killed in the State in the first 17 days of January 2022 by terrorists.

The security expert further said, “The worrisome aspect is that they are recruiting actively within those locations.

“In several communities there, what they do is that they use little influence sometimes offering residents little money or protection and residents out of fear, or perhaps because they don’t have any choice, embrace that olive branch they are offering to them.

“Before you know it, the various participation of a person in a terrorist group starts exhibiting itself. It could be either silent membership or active support, it could be in form of informants”.

According to the security expert, Ansaru broke out of Boko Haram in 2012 because of ideological differences.

He said a lot of its membership and leaders are from the North-West of the country, adding that they started their operation in Kano and parts of Katsina.

He said the major ideological difference at that time between Ansaru and Boko Haram was in terms of the methodology with which the parent group was trying to achieve its objectives which is through suicide bombing.

The security expert added that some of their leaders were arrested in 2014 which forced them to go underground until 2018, 2019 when Nigerians started seeing videos and postings on social media suggesting that they were returning.

Adamu lamented that although Nigeria has a national counter-terrorism strategy it is not being effectively implemented, adding that the military, which is just one element out of the 27 ministries, departments and agencies responsible for its implementation, was the only government body implementing the strategy.

He, therefore, called for a review of the counter-terrorism strategy to find the gaps and rectify them.

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