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Boko Haram Sect luring small business owners with startup capital

Mercy Corps, an aid agency based in the United States of America reports that the business owners, desperate to keep their businesses afloat, take the loans in return for joining the sect.

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(Pm News Nigeria)

The dreaded Boko Haram sect has devised a new means of getting new recruits to join them.

Reports say they lure small and medium scale businessmen and women with startup capital and loans.

According to a report by Mercy Corps, an aid agency based in the United States of America, the business owners, desperate to keep their businesses afloat, take the loans in return for joining the sect.

The agency also reports that those who are not able to repay the loans are killed or forced into the sect.

Punch reports that Lisa Inks, Mercy Corps peace-building adviser, said “Boko Haram is tapping into the yearnings of Nigerian youth to get ahead in an environment of massive inequality.

READ: Troops rescue women, children from Boko Haram

“It is incredibly clever – either such loans breed loyalty or Boko Haram use mafia– style tactics to trap and force young people to join them.”

Meanwhile, a local vigilante group known as the Civilian Joint Task Force, has reportedly arrested the Boko Haram member who allegedly poses as the sect’s leader, Abubakar Shekau in some of its videos.

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