A faction of Boko Haram, Ansaru terrorists, has reportedly begun aggressive recruitment of new members in Kaduna State.
Naija News understands that the notorious terrorist group started the recruitment process during a visit to some villages in Birnin Gwari Local Government Area of the state on Wednesday.
According to Daily Trust, the terrorists, during their visit shared gifts with the residents to celebrate Eid-el-Fitr and to woo the residents to join them.
Some of the villages visited by the terrorist group include Damari, Farin Ruwa, Kwasa Kwasa, Kuyello, Gobirawa, Tabanni, Kutemeshi and Kazage.
The terrorists were said to have also preached and distributed a five-page pamphlet titled; ‘We are not Boko Haram but Ansaru’, flash disks and other items to the villagers.
Also, the insurgents reportedly performed motorcycle stunts to entertain the villagers in a bid to entice them to join their nefarious business.
A resident was quoted as saying the presence of the militant group would deter bandits from attacking their communities.
He said: “They visited the Kuyello area, Tabanni, Kutemeshi and also my village, which is Kazage to join the people in the Sallah celebration.
“They participated in motorcycle stunts within the communities; nobody was harmed and they warned against indulging in any dangerous play. They equally preached and shared biscuits with the people.
“With their presence, bandits will dare not attack our communities.”
In a chat with the newspaper, a resident of Kuyello village, Muhammadu Isa, said many youths have expressed interest in joining the group for protection from bandits.
“There are some communities where members of Ansaru provide access to residents to go to their farms and guard the residents while at farms,” he said.