The Nigeria Army says it has uncovered social media accounts allegedly used by a faction of the Boko Haram group to recruit new members.
Maj. Murtala Usman, Artillary Commander of Operation Lafiya Dole, who disclosed this on Tuesday, while speaking at the ongoing Nigerian Army Combat Support Training Week in Maiduguri, said the social media accounts had 2,000 followers.
Usman said that insurgents from the Albarnawi faction of the Boko Haram group were recruiting new members on social media platforms like Facebook, WhatsApp, Snapchat, Instagram and the Youtube.
He said the army discovered this, while interrogating a “highly-placed Boko Haram commander known as Malu-Mamman Barde’’, who was tracked and apprehended 40km South of Rann area in Kala-Balge Locl Government Area of Borno.
“Barde is among the most-wanted Boko Haram suspects 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,’’ he said.