The Federal government has warned Nigerians of the new strategy ISIS are employing to get new recruits.
They have therefore urged parents and guardians to monitor the activities of their children and wards in order to prevent them from being recruited by the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS), which has now resorted to targeting vulnerable individuals, including foreign students, using financial inducements to recruit them into the terrorist organisation.
In a statement issued in Abuja on Monday April 3rd, Minister of Information and Culture, Lai Mohammed, cited the recent recruitment into ISIS of 27 medical students of the University of Medical Sciences and Technology (UMST) in Sudan as an example of the new strategy being used by the organisation to recruit more members.
The Minister, quoting a report received by the Nigerian Intelligence Community, which said 22 of the 27 students who traveled to Syria to join ISIS, are Britons.
According to the report, the students were recruited by one Mohammed Fakhri Al-khabbas, a former UMST student from Middlesborough, United Kingdom. Many of the students are children of reputable doctors in the UK. Their Social Media accounts also revealed them as praising Jihadists and championing ISIS’ cause.