BOKO_HARAM_KIDNAPPINGS_AND_NIGERIAS_GOVE.pdf

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leaders decided to form a new faction which they named “Islamic State of West Africa Province (ISWAP)” and stopped using Shekau image as a bogey in their videos but rather Musab Al- Barnawi (Yusuf’s son). This shows that the internal crisis that made them to break must had being fierce. Change of outlook did not change their tactics. Their biggest hit was Dapchi girls, later released. Their terms of released is said to be largely the cause of recent execution of Nur by his dissident followers. They accused Nur as being too soft and not having fully taken advantage of Dapchi girls’ kidnapping to promote their operations (at least create a great deal of sensation like that of Chibok girls or the recent aid workers). Nur and Khalid Al-Barnawi had a principle of establishing good rapport with civilians (notwithstanding they may kill civilians when necessary). They see having local support as cardinal to success as such their target are
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sensitive Extra-judicial killing of civilians by Shekau was part of the reason behind their fall-out with him as Musab had argued “the biggest problem of that servant of God (Shekau) is he loves killings.” The death of Nur and in the absence of Khalid Al-Barnawi, the new boko haram faction (lead by Mustapha Kirmimma) will likely be like that of Shekau who will not mind to kill as they are just doing it in a brutally sensational manner to aid workers in their captivity. And now that election draws close they will try to make more headlines by attacks on any target they can reach. The initiative of escaping with the bodies of those killed in a battle with security operative is a shrewd tact aim at atrophying the morale boost that their casualties give to the security forces. But that is not the only development of Boko Haram. Jacob Zenn, a security expert, in 2017 notified that Boko Haram had escaped to northern Sahel (Niger, Chad and Mali) recruiting Fulani and Tuaregs to filled their ranks and file. In an earlier separate piece, he explained how Boko Haram kept on trying to divert attention by intensifying their operations (killings) in North-West and Central States; aiming to cause religious tension since the zone is prone to that. If Boko Haram has this plan and if it has recruited Fulani people, then it is safe to assume that Boko Haram is behind or at least a major actor behind the indiscriminate killings leading to people displacement, looting of resources and kidnappings (all are common Boko Haram tactics) by those who are regarded as ‘Fulani-Herdsmen.’ Those bandits, like typical Boko Haram fighters are mobile and well trained, and not push-overs. It seems they do not use only the Fulani under their control but also those (Fulani) independent of them by arming them and also non-Fulani gangs. The aim is to divert attention and stretched the
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  • Fall '19
  • Islam, Al-Qaeda, Cameroon

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