More facts are emerging on how the son of former Chief Justice of Nigeria, Mohammed Uwais, whose name has been given as Ibrahim conned his family to join the terrorist Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS).
According to Cable, an online news portal, Ibrahim Uwais gave his parents and everyone around him the impression that he hates Boko Haram and everything the terror sect stood for.
41-year-old Ibrahim, described as a “reserved and committed Muslim”, left Nigeria with his two wives and four children, through a yet to be determined route to Turkey, which shares border with Syria.
His elder wife was the head of a private school in Abuja while the younger worked with the Debt Management Office (DMO). When he took the decision to go to Syria to team up with the “jihadists” of the Islamic State, he reportedly called his wives aside and told them they were free to return to their parents.
“But both of them said they would go with him,” a source in the know of the development said, adding that they took all their children with them.
When the retired justice was alerted on the disappearance of his son and his family, he reported to the security agencies — who told him they would investigate the claim that his son might have gone to Syria.
The Turkish embassy confirmed that it issued visas to Ibrahim and members of his family. CCTV recordings were also said to have been analysed by the Turkish security agencies to establish their movement.
Nigerian security authorities are beginning to fret over what they now suspect to be a trend of radicalisation of northern youths by their exposure to fundamentalist ideology.
“We now have reasonable ground to suggest we have a big battle in our hands,” an intelligence officer said. “One of the toughest nuts for us to crack is how Boko Haram has been able to recruit thousands of fighters….and the involvement of the children of the northern elite “is definitely new and a source of worry”, the officer said.
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