New Boko Haram-like sect, Hakika, emerges, recruiting massively in Adamawa, Nasarawa States

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From Fatima Bukar and Halima Abdulkadir, Abuja

While the ghost of Boko Haram is still haunting Nigeria, particularly its North Eastern part, a new sect called Hakika has reared its head in Ngurore, Yola South and Toto Local Government areas of Adamawa and Nasarawa states respectively. Under the leadership of one Malam Yahaya Ibrahim, it was gathered that the group, which is currently recruiting massively, has controversial doctrines ranging from non adherence to the five daily prayers to non observance of the Ramadan fasting. The group is also accused of the promotion of fornication and adultery.

The memo

In a letter citing security report and written on behalf of the acting commander, 192 Battalion (Main) Headquarters, Nigeria Army,  Gwoza, Borno State, signed by Lieutenant T.G. Iortyom to the Nigeria Immigration Service, the army called on the authorities to watch out for the sect as some of its doctrines and activities contradict known laws. Part of the statement reads:

“I am directed to inform you that information received revealed that an Islamic sect known as “Hakika” under the leadership of one Yahaya Ibrahim has emerged around Ngwurore in Yola South LGA of Adamawa State and Toto LGA of Nasarawa State. “It was gathered that the group is currently on recruitment drive, with series of controversial doctrines from non-adherence to five-daily prayers, to non-observance of Ramadan fasting,  promotion of fornication and adultery among others.

“In view of the above, I am directed to request you disseminate this information to your men and monitor activities of the newly formed sect in your area of responsibility accordingly.” Investigations indicate that the group exist and is training it members in isolated areas.

A prominent native of the area who begged for anonymity told our correspondent “I heard of something like that but I don’t know the location.”

He called on the authorities of Toto local council and the Nasarawa State government to investigate the allegation and handle the issue.

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