We’ve been hearing about ISIS recruitments and how it is recently spreading like wildfire across the world, but little did we know it is not only happening elsewhere but also in our very own Nairobi.
As if al Shabaab hasn’t caused enough harm, ISIS now scams Kenyans into becoming their members. The group is currently extending its terrible hands to Kenyan youths for some millions of shillings, using tricks. And some of our young people are falling for it.
A shocking arrest was done yesterday as police found that a suspect, who is a first-year student in the University of Nairobi, was moving to Libya to collaborate with terror group ISIS.
Police explain the arrested person is a Biochemistry student in the University of Nairobi, named Hassanein Ahmed Basty. The said arrest was done when he was sneaking his way out from Kenya for Libya.
Basty, who had been on the police radar, was seized when he shuttled to Jomo Kenyatta International Airport to make his way to Sudan first and then link up to Libya.
Police hinted that the recruiters deceive youths with several empty promises.
These promises include offers for a better-paying job, good life, millions of shillings and probably pretty wives all outside the recruits’ own country.
But on arrival, the recruits who have fallen prey to the horrific group will see a different turn of event as they are being forced into such extremist groups in Northern Africa and the Middle East. Though in some cases, youths voluntarily join the extremists’ group.
According to the Police;
The young man had just completed his first year studying biochemistry in University of Nairobi.
With a series of investigations, the police have revealed that in early 2015, Hassanein was persuaded by an online recruiter who assured him of a job as a phlebotomist with a starting salary of Sh200,000 subject to review.
However, the salary review scheduled to happen after a while wouldn’t be for decrease purposes, but to bring his salary on a sudden increase to Sh1 million.
Following this job offer, the victim accepted and applied for the job. Thereafter, he received a message on the status of his application in October 2015.
And it was a congratulatory message informing him of the success of his request to take up the job offer.
Basty Hassanein bought his ticket to Sudan – one of the transit routes to the terror-stricken country of Libya – with his school fees in hope to surprise his parents with brighter accomplishments when he resumes work.
He, however, got arrested on the way before he could reach his dream.
Of course, this occurrence isn’t just the first time. There has been a dramatic swell in the number of University students who dump school to join jihad groups in Libya and the Middle East, usually without their parents’ knowledge.
Over 12 Kenyans took the same step last year to join the terror groups. Mahmoud Ahmed and his cousin Mohamed Abdulswamed were among those who went to Syria last year to help the terror group battle the world.
Mahmoud was a second year Bachelor of science Fisheries and Aquaculture Management student at the University of Nairobi while his cousin Abdulswamed, had finished from Moi University.
Again, two friends – Salwa Abdalla and Twafiqa Dahir – went missing and it was also found that the duo went to join ISIS. The girls were university students at University of Nairobi and Kenyatta University respectively.
Mohammed Abdirahim Abdullahi, nicknamed Ababm, and Khalid Isaack led Al-Shabaab militants attack that killed 148 people at Garissa University College last year. The former was a Law Faculty student in Nairobi’s Parklands Campus while the latter was a banker at a local bank. They were killed alongside two other terrorists by the Recce squad that had responded to the Garissa attack.
Police are begging all parents to maintain steady contact with their children in institutions of higher learning as well as family members living in different parts of Kenya to discourage illegal recruitment.
Investigations are still ongoing to find out if there are local recruiters hiding under the cover in Kenya.
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