Borno State Governor, Professor Babagana Zulum has said Boko Haram insurgents offer as low as N5,000 to N10,000 to recruit spies and weapon smugglers.

Zulum said this on Saturday in a broadcast to mark Democracy Day and second anniversary of his administration.

The governor said there is the need to tackle poverty in the country, lamenting how easy it is for insurgents to recruit into their group.

Zulum however noted, that his government has achieved a lot in the infrastructural development of the state and in the area of securing the people from Boko Haram attack.

“From records, we have experienced instances when insurgents offered as low as between 5,000 and 10,000 Naira to recruit some spies and smugglers of weapons, Zulum said.

“We needed to ensure that our good citizens had the support they needed, and they were not exposed to potential attractions for the incentives of insurgents.

“There was the risk that insurgents could, after making IDPs socially and economically vulnerable, also explore that vulnerability by offering food and cash incentives to recruit fighters who could even serve as their spies in communities.”

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