Babagana Zulum, Borno State governor, has lamented the level of poverty in the north.
Zulum said insurgency has subjected residents of the state to hardship, with Boko Haram recruiting spies and those smugglings weapons for as low as N5,000 and N10,000 respectively.
The governor said this while delivering an address to mark 2021 democracy day and second-year anniversary of his government.
“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,” he said.
“We needed to ensure that our good citizens had the support they needed, and they aare 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.”