Boko Haram said to be forcefully recruiting youths in Borno villages

Borno State is in the far northeast

Suspected Boko Haram insurgents are forcefully recruiting young men from Borno villages to fight for them, Daily Trust learnt from sources yesterday.

The revelation came in the wake of Wednesday’s killing of four people in Yasku village, close to Alagarno, a notorious breeding ground of Boko Haram fighters, located south of Jakana in Kaga local government area of Borno State.

It is not yet clear if the four people were killed because they refused to join the terrorists group or for other reasons, but our correspondent learnt that they were killed around 2pm on Wednesday.

A local from the area said, “Sometime ago, the insurgents had taken some of our children by force and left. This time, they came and there was no provocation in whatever form. The gunmen simply went to Yasku and shot dead the four harmless people. They also warned the locals not to bury the corpses. As I am talking to you now (yesterday) the bodies are still there,” he said.

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Locals in Auno, Jakana, Mainok, Benisheik and other villages said in the last three weeks, the Boko Haram insurgents have stepped up violent campaign and forceful recruitment of young men.

“I think they (Boko Haram) are desperately looking for members and their attitude is affecting the psychology of people,” one of the community leaders in Jakana, who does not want his name mentioned said.
A cleric in Mainok also said many of their children had been taken away…