News about terrorist group, Islamic State in Iraq and Syria (ISIS) spreading its tentacles to Ghana has been trending following reports that a 25 year old graduate of the Kwame Nkrumah University of the Science and Technology has been recruited into the terrorist organization.
According to a Daily Guide report, Nazir Nortei Alema successfully got recruited by ISIS barely a week after completing his National Service which he undertook at the Statistical Service.
Troubled father of the said dissident, Abdul Latif Alema reveals his son before the trip had earlier sent false indication via Whatsapp that he (Nazir Nortei Alema) was on his way to Prestea from where he would proceed to Takoradi on an official assignment.
Meanwhile, Nazir’s brother has shown his brother, in confiding in him, sent him the truth of his whereabouts via Whatsapp. The message reads;
“Pray for me, for I will never forget you in my prayer, and it’s my hope and prayer that we meet again if not in this world then in Jannah (paradise). I love you all. May Allah grant us understanding and guide us all to the straight path. Asalaamu alaikum.
“I told you a lie to please my Allah. The deception was to go do some research work in far away Prestea while the main idea was to move far away from you all to the Islamic State (IS). I know it might sound kind of crazy for you, but your son really had to take this bold step to get out of the corrupt system of Ghana which has democracy first on its list.”
But it is feared Nazir could not be the only graduate joining the terrorist group as his brother has revealed 10 others, close friends of his are currently gone missing. According to the accounts of his brother, the friends, all graduates of the KNUST, engage in active chats on a social group in Whatsapp where they share extremist views about Islam.
A female Muslim student of the University of Ghana, Legon, whose parents run a forex bureau in Accra Central, according to Kabiru, has told Naziru’s family that the latter is undergoing training currently, during which he would remain incommunicado.
She assured them however that he would be fine, adding that his decision to join ISIS would save the lives of 70 members of their family.
The lady, however, warned them not to disclose her identity, as doing so would imperil their lives.
In the meantime,a certain Badharn Diallo, a Guinean who attended the University of Ghana, Legon and joined the ISIS five months ago, is responsible for the recruitment of these young Ghanaian Muslims.