Putting into consideration, the latest efforts of the gallant troops of the Nigerian Army to curb their ferocious activities, the Boko Haram recruits randomly as the sect is gasping for breath and desperately in need of new hands, especially at remote areas of Borno State.
Information gathered from Daily Trust says, gunmen suspected to be Boko Haram militants invaded a village in Magumeri Local Government Area of Borno State, recruiting youths to replenish their fast-diminishing ranks.
According to an eyewitness, Baa Usman, 45, the gunmen stormed Ngubala village under Bamma district in Magumeri LGA, going round houses and asking residents to come out and assemble in one place.
“When everybody was assembled in a particular location, the gunmen began selecting young, exuberant ones to sit aside for a preaching session, as they referred to it. They however allowed others, mostly women, children and those advanced in age, to go back home.”
“The gunmen had been hitherto sighted moving around villages of Magumeri LGA, though they didn’t attack anyone. But they do sometimes seize cattle and food items and make away with them. They seem very calm when they’re going about their business, probably because soldiers are only present in Magumeri town, not in smaller, surrounding villages where the gunmen enjoy a sort of freedom,” Usman said.
The same thing happened at Mailari village of Konduga Local Government and at Lassa, located in the Southern part of Borno State.
However, spokesman of 7 Division of Nigerian Army, Col. Tukur Gusau, has warned that “Anyone found using a horse would be considered an insurgent.”