Senate President Bukola Saraki has called on security agencies to investigate reports that Boko Haram insurgents are recruiting people from internally displaced persons (IDP) camps in the north-east.
Saraki through his special adviser on media and publicity, advised the nation’s intelligence outfits not to treat rumours with levity, considering the fact that ISIS and Al-Shaabab have been going to refugee camps to pick new members.
“Seeing that ISIS has been recruiting members from European refugee camps, and the Kenyan government recently had to shut down the world’s largest refugee camp because Al-Shaabab was using the place to train and recruit young people as extremists, it is important that we take the rumours about Boko Haram recruiting from IDP camps seriously”.
Saraki also called for a more holistic investigation of alleged diversion of materials meant for the IDPs.
He commended the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) for arresting a contractor, who allegedly diverted 60 trucks of grains, which the federal government donated to IDPs in Borno state.