By Tarkaa David, Abuja
The Multinational Joint Task Force (MNJTF) said it had uncovered plans by Islamic State of West Africa Province (ISWAP) to launch recruitment drive in the coming months through misinformation embedded with radicalisation programmes.
The Chief of Military Public Information MNJTF Col Timothy Antigha in a statement urged traditional, religious, community leaders and parents to closely monitor their wards to prevent them from being recruited by the terrorist organisation.
He said ISWAP after series of operational failures is resorting to misinformation and propaganda to retain its sponsors, supporters and also impress potential recruits.
Antigha explained that ISWAP resorted to propaganda following its operational losses in the last couple of weeks.
He further explained that the terrorists in series of falsehoods contained in Issue 185 of its NAL – NABA Magazine of June 7, claimed to have attacked locations in Nigeria and Niger Republic.
“These claims are misleading, untrue and should therefore be disregarded by the public.
“The reality is that in an effort to shore up its waning influence in the Lake Chad area, ISWAP instigated some skirmishes which were all neutralised at heavy personnel and equipment costs.
“This can in no way justify the falsehoods contained in the ISWAP propaganda publication.
“In the light of the forgoing, it is important and urgent to warn the public that part of a recently discovered ISWAP deception plan is to continue on its current misinformation with the embedded radicalisation programme, as a prelude to launching a recruitment drive in the months to come.
“The ultimate aim is to find replacement among the population for the hundreds of terrorists killed by the MNJTF and national forces in the ongoing Operation Yancin Tafki,’’ he said.
Oil Prices Edge Up After Turbulent Week
UAE To Join The U.S.-Led Naval Force In Gulf
Kogi Guber: PDP Crisis Deepens As Ibrahim Heads To Court
Kwara APC, PDP Bicker Over AbdulRazaq’s Performance
Tribunal Upholds Election Of Gov Bello
Sanwo-Olu Supports South African Returnees With N6.3m
Nuclear Power and Its Dominance In Global Politics
NEWS14 hours ago
Just In: PMB Suspends HoS Oyo-Ita
NEWS20 hours ago
30M Nigerians Affected With Hepatitis Virus
POLITICS18 hours ago
Kogi Guber: PDP Crisis Deepens As Former Gov’s Son, Abubakar Ibrahim, Heads To Court
COVER STORIES9 hours ago
N3bn Contract Scam: PMB Suspends Head Of Service, Oyo-Ita
EDUCATION21 hours ago
LASPOTECH Gets Full Accreditation For 66 Programmes
LAW24 hours ago
Court Adjourns Magu’s N5bn Libel Suit Against Sun Newspapers To October 11
COVER STORIES9 hours ago
38 New SANs Take Oath Monday
BUSINESS21 hours ago
Sterling Falls After Weaker Than Expected Inflation