Federal Government, on Monday warned Nigerian parents and guardians to be mindful of children’s and ward’s activities within and outside the country as the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) has adopted new strategies of recruiting gullible persons into their terrorist organisation.
Government explained that ISIS has resorted to targeting vulnerable individuals, including foreign students, using financial inducements to lure them into the terror group.
The Minister of Information and Culture, Lai Mohammed, in a statement cited the recent recruitment of 27 medical students of the University of Medical Sciences and Technology, (UMST), into ISIS in Sudan, as an example of the new strategy of recruiting more members into its fold.
He quoted a report received by the Nigerian intelligence community, saying that 22 of the 27 students, who travelled to Syria to join ISIS, were Britons.
Mohammed said, ”According to the report, the students were recruited by one Mohammed Fakhri Al-khabbas, a former UMST student from Middlesborough, United Kingdom.
“Many of the students are children of reputable doctors in the UK. Their social media accounts also revealed them as praising jihadists and championing ISIS’ cause”.
Consequently, he appealed to Nigerians, especially those who have children and wards in foreign academic institutions, to pay more attention to their activities, just as he urged schools across the country to enlighten their students on the new ISIS deceptive recruitment method.