Boko Haram terrorists loyal to the Islamic State West Africa Province (ISWAP) have shared the sum of 20,000 naira to some residents of Geidam in Yobe State, in an attempt to lure them to join its ranks as militants.
It could be recalled that the town of Geidam was overrun by Boko Haram terrorists on April 23, 2021. According to reports, the town was successfully rescued from the grip of the terrorists. However, it was said that the fighters were still in the town on Wednesday.
Confirming the 20,000 naira cash gift, Abba, a resident of Geidam, said, “Some people still living in Geidam have received the N20,000 from Boko Haram as Ramadan gift.”
“Some families willingly collected the money while others collected it out of fear. They don’t want to be flogged or killed if they reject it.”
A woman who chose not to say her name told newsmen that the terrorists were preaching to some families in the town.
She said, “It is a dangerous dimension for now because they would end up recruiting our children. Government should confront them.”
Speaking on the development, Salihu Bakhari, a security expert said, “treating people well is one of the membership drive strategy of ISWAP in contrast to what Abubakar Shekau does.”
“The federal forces must not allow the terrorists to remain in Geidam, they should flush them out so that we would not have a repeat of what is happening in the Lake Chad region.”
“More than 70 per cent of the residents have vacated their houses which is good. However, those remaining in the town could be influenced by the terrorists who have started enforcing some of their so-called laws including leading them in prayers.”