The Nigerian Army has recently announced its discovery of a facebook and other social media accounts allegedly used by the Boko Haram insurgents to recruit new members into their sect.
This was disclosed on Tuesday by the Artillary Commander of Operation Lafiya Dole,Maj Murtala Usman,
during the ongoing Nigerian Army Combat Support Training Week in Maiduguri.He further disclosed that the discovery was made during the interrogation of a “highly placed Boko Haram commander Malu-Mamman Barde’’, who was recently tracked and apprehended by the Nigerian Army 40km South of Rann area in Kala-Balge Local Government Area of Borno State.
Maj Usman, stated that several social media accounts were discovered which included instagram, facebook, snapchat,and whatsapp.with the facebook account having over 2,000 followers.He further explained that
“Barde is among the most wanted Boko Haram suspect that had committed so many atrocities against humanity.
“Through the suspect’s mobile phone, we found several videos soliciting finance for the group. We also found offensive some other videos where Barde was seen preaching Jihad and the ideology of the group.
“Most of Barde’s pictures were that of Abu-Mosad Albarnawi and other Boko Haram fighters posing with Anti-Air craft guns, rockets and Boko Haram flag,’’
However,speaking on the ongoing Nigerian Army combat support training week in makurdi,the the Chief of Army Staff, Lt.-Gen. Tukur Buratai stated that
“The nation faces series of security challenges, including Boko Haram insurgency, farmers/herders crisis, kidnapping, armed robbery, banditry and violence, among others.
Also adding that the ongoing training was primarily geared towards the adoption of new strategies to aid in combating insecurity in the country.