FOLLOWING the resolve of a section of the radical Islamic sect, Boko Haram, to embrace dialogue with the Federal Government, it has emerged that the administration has mandated security agencies to unravel the new sect, known as Jamatul Ansaril Muslima fi Biladis Sudan (JAMBS) which translates to Vanguard for the Aid of Muslims in Black Africa.
The sect had claimed responsibility for the attack on some Mali-bound Nigerian soldiers, in Kogi State earlier in the year.
Sources told the Nigerians Tribune that the government was being careful not to enter into a blind negotiation with Boko Haram leaders, while the JAMBS elements would remain potent.
Administration sources also declared that initial investigations had confirmed that JAMBS is a breakaway sect of Boko Haram and that most of its commanders were erstwhile commanders of Boko Haram, who were said to have got disenchanted with the leadership style of Boko Haram leader, Mallam Abubakar Shekau.
An administration source said that government had discovered that “JAMBS is affiliated to Alqaeda in Islamic Maghreb (AQIM and that it was formed by former commanders of Boko Haram who disagreed with the leadership style of Abubakar Shekau.”
Sources further stated that JAMBS is led by Mallam Abu Usamatul Aansari, who is known as the Supreme Leader or (Amir JAMBS).
According to information in official circles, the movement recruits youths between ages 16 and 22.
The targeted youths, according to information, are therefore sent for training in armed and unarmed combats as well as terrorist support trainings.
“JAMBS capitalised on this to source for funding and training needed for commencement of terrorism acts in the country,” an official communication read.
Information pieced together also indicated that the JAMBS leadership fell out with Mallam Shekau due to a number of allegations they levelled against him.
It was further confirmed that government had decided to watch the peace offer by Boko Haram carefully, so as not to create further problems for the peace process.
“The Federal Government is committed to ensuring peace and harmonious relationship among Nigerians but it should not be seen to be rushing to embrace peace deals in a way that would not last. We will check out the history of the splinter groups to ensure no stone is left unturned,” a source said on Monday.
Source: Nigeria Tribune