Boko Haram, according to Borno State Governor Babagana Zulum, pays new recruits N5,000 and uses them as spies in areas.
Boko Haram also recruits fighters to smuggle weapons, according to Zulum, who stated this during his nationwide broadcast on Saturday to honor this year’s Democracy Day and his second anniversary in office.
Boko Haram has been terrorizing Nigeria’s northern region for more than a decade.
Thousands of people have been killed, millions of homes have been damaged, and countless people have been homeless as a result of the terrorist group’s actions.
Zulum claims that:
“From day one, we were faced with an acute humanitarian crisis, particularly in northern and some parts of the central senatorial zones.
“There was the risk that insurgents could, after making IDPs socially and economically vulnerable, also explore that vulnerability by offering food and cash incentives to recruit fighters who could even serve as their spies in communities.
“From records, we had experienced instances when insurgents offered as low as between N5,000 and N10,000 to recruit some spies and smugglers of weapons.
The Governor also called for support of Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs) to ensure that they are not attracted to the incentives of insurgents.