•Says Jihadist group resorted to propaganda after operational failures
The Multinational Joint Task Force (MNJTF) has warned members of the public not to be swayed by the impending misinformation offensive by the Islamic State in West Africa Province (ISWAP) aimed for new recruitment drive to swell its ranks.
MJTF said ISWAP adopted the latest tactics following scores of operational losses inflicted by the forces in the Lake Chad Area, in the last couple of weeks, with the terrorist organization resorting “to misinformation and propagation, in a bid to retain its sponsors, supporters and also impress potential recruits”.
The Chief of Military Public Information, MNJTF, Col. Timothy Antigha, in a statement on Tuesday, said in a series of falsehoods contained in Issue 185 of its NAL – NABA Magazine of June 7, 2019, ISWAP claimed to have attacked locations in Nigeria and Niger Republic.
Antigha said these claims by the Jihadist group are misleading, untrue and should therefore be disregarded by the public.
According to him, the reality is that in an effort to shore up it’s waning influence in the Lake Chad Area, ISWAP instigated some skirmishes which were all neutralized at heavy personnel and equipment costs to ISWAP.
He stressed that “this can in no way justify the falsehoods contained in the ISWAP propaganda publication.
“In the light of the forgoing, It is important and urgent to warn the public that part of a recently discovered ISWAP deception plan is to continue on it’s current misinformation with the embedded radicalization program, as a prelude to launching a recruitment drive in the months to come.
“The ultimate aim is to find replacement among the population for the hundreds of terrorists killed by the MNJTF and national forces in the ongoing Operation Yancin Tafki,” he stated.
To this end, the MNJTF Spokesperson advised the traditional, religious, community leaders and parents to closely monitor their wards to prevent them from being en-snared by ISWAP propaganda.