Defence Headquarters (DHQ) says Boko Haram has devised new methods of recruiting unsuspecting youth -- by providing them with business loans.
The group uses secret means to provide loans to young entrepreneurs and artisans in the North East as a way of inducing them for recruitment, a statement on Wednesday from DHQ spokesman Brigadier General Rabe Abubakar said.
He added that the major targets of the business engagement are youth in the North East, especially butchers, traders, tailors, beauticians and other vocational entrepreneurs.
They are vulnerable because they could be easily enticed with such loans without paying attention to inherent dangers associated with the acceptance from unfamiliar sources, said the Defence headquarters.
According to Abubakar, “After such loans, the beneficiaries are given the option of either joining the group or risk being killed if they fail to pay the loan as at when due, whereas the payment has been surreptitiously programmed to fail by the benefactor, the Boko Haram.”
Abubakar also said the remnant or surviving splinter groups of Boko Haram are desperate to recruit more people because of the sustained onslaught against them by troops.
He called on the general public especially those in the North East, to constantly be weary and conscious of various tactics of the desperate Boko Haram.
Abubakar called on the public to avoid loan or financial assistance from non-conventional sources apart from financial institutions such as banks, organised trade unions or institutionalised savings and loans establishments.
“Acting otherwise may lead to painful and untimely death from the blood-thirsty Boko Haram terrorists,” the EFCC stated.