Daesh recruiting youths through social media: Nigeria

Daesh recruiting youths through social media: Nigeria
# 26 February 2015 21:54 (UTC +04:00)

"The [National Information] Center... wishes to alert the nation to intelligence reports indicating the radicalization of our youths through social media and a variety of other sources," center head Mike Omeri told reporters at a news briefing in Abuja.

The center is devoted to providing updates on the country's counterterrorism operations.

He said intelligence reports showed that youths "who are mostly children of the rich and affluent" were being recruited by Daesh, which is the Arabic acronym for the "Islamic State of Iraq and Levant" (ISIL) militant group, which now controls vast swathes of Iraq and Syria.

"We, therefore, call on parents and guardians, especially those whose wards are schooling abroad, to closely monitor the activities of these students who may be susceptible to the antics of the promoters of the ISIS ideology," Omeri added.

In 2009, Umar Farouk Abdulmutallab, a 23-year-old British-educated Nigerian, attempted to blow up a Detroit-bound aircraft.

He was later suspected of having been radicalized by controversial preacher Anwar Awlaaki, a U.S.-Yemeni dual national who was later killed in Yemen in a suspected U.S. drone strike.

It was the first time a Nigerian was fingered for an act of global terrorism and came at a time when the home-grown Boko Haram terror group was coming into the international limelight.

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