The Nigerian army said the Islamic State of West African Province (ISWAP) has started recruiting massively having being depleted by the surrendering of their members and other conflicts faced among themselves.
This was disclosed by Director, Army Public Relations, Brig. Gen. Onyeama Nwachukwu, at the Headquarters of the Theatre Command, Operation Hadin Kai Maimalari, during a tour in Maiduguri, on Sunday in Borno State.
Nwachukwu advised the public to be careful and look after their immediate environment, adding that it is very important to engage the media to block this recruitment.
“I will like to mention that the ISWAP, very recently, haven been depleted by the surrendering of their member, as well as and conflict between them. They 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 said.
Nwachukwu who also disclosed that the fight against insurgency in the North-east had been successful said, “At some point, the insurgents almost took over the three state capitals of Adamawa, Borno and Yobe in the North-East. Some three years back, Boko Haram was advancing towards the Federal Capital Territory. Today they have been boxed in to the Timbuks.”