The Nigeria Army on Tuesday said it had uncovered a Facebook and other social media accounts , allegedly used by a faction of the Boko Haram group to recruit new members.
Major Murtala Usman , Artillery Commander of Operation Lafiya Dole , who disclosed this 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 40 km South of Rann area in Kala – Balge Local Government Area of Borno .
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“ 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 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 fighter posing with Anti – Air craft guns , rockets and Boko Haram flag , ’’ he said .
Earlier speaking , the Chief of Army Staff , Lt . – Gen . Tukur Buratai said that the training was to draw up strategies for various military operations across the country .
Burutai was represented by the Commander of Training and Doctrine , Maj . – Gen . Abubakar Salihu .
He added that the training was designed to adopt new strategies to combat insecurity in the country through brainstorming and reviewing of operations .
“ The nation faces series of security challenges , including Boko Haram insurgency , farmers / herders crisis , kidnapping , armed robbery , banditry and violence , among others.
Maj . – Gen . Abubabkar Tarfa , the Corp Commander Artillery , said the week – long training was a veritable platform for generating ideas for the combat arms .
The theme of the training was “ Strengthening Combat Support Arms Cooperation in Contemporary Security Challenges . ’’
Tarfa said it was designed to generate strategies for confronting current security challenges in the country .
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