Rescuing radicals from the brink of terrorism

Rescuing radicals from the brink of terrorism

A COVENTRY University graduate devoted to tackling terrorism has spoken about how he stopped a young man joining ISIS with just hours to spare.

Mutaru Mumuni Muqthar, a graduate of Coventry’s International Terrorism masters course has already helped at least 20 people turn away from extremism since he set up a counter-extremism centre in Ghana.

The 34-year-old launched the West Africa Centre for Counter-Extremism (WACCE) after graduating from Coventry in 2013. Since then he and his team have helped 22 radicalised people to turn their back on terrorism – last year preventing a 21-year-old from joining ISIS in Syria.

Mutaru Mumuni Muqthar said: “Last year I saved a young man’s life. He had been radicalised online and was on his way to join the terrorist group ISIS after he spent time online looking for meaning in his life.

“Just a day before leaving to join the group he watched my TV outreach programme on counter-radicalization – that was what changed everything and he changed his mind.”

He continued: “There is a methodology that these vulnerable people are taken through by groups such as ISIS. My organisation engages with these people and takes them through a process which supports them, de-radicalises them and helps them back into society, school and work.

“West Africa is one of the deadliest regions for terrorism. My plans are to expand my counter terrorism work to include the entire West Africa region, helping to dissuade vulnerable groups and individuals from engaging in violent extremism and falling into the void of terrorist recruitment.”

Mutaru originally from Accra, Ghana, works across West Africa to deepen understanding of violent extremism and radicalization to promote the support available to vulnerable people at risk.

He spoke about his work and determination to steer young people away from terrorism, as well as how postgraduate study helped him achieve his goals during a recent Coventry University Alumni Association Event in Ghana.

The event was run in conjunction with the British Council at Coventry’s partner institution, Ghana Technology University College (GTUC) to promote the benefits of continuing in education to further careers and employability.

Mutaru said he hoped that engaging with other graduates about his work and how postgraduate study helped him develop the skills he needed to act, he can encourage more people to use education and make a difference.

In recognition of his work since graduating from Coventry in 2013, Mutaru was shortlisted for an international award at the UK Alumni Awards in Ghana. Selected from 60 nominees, Mutaru represented Coventry University in the social impact category.

Last year he was also elected as a Mandela Washington Fellow for Young African Leaders, being invited to a summit in Washington D.C where he met former US President Obama.

John Latham, Vice-Chancellor of Coventry University, said: “Our students and alumni make a significant contribution to their communities, be they in the UK or internationally.

“Mutaru’s is among the most significant and important. His team’s work will shape many young lives and spread a message of peace and I am delighted that his journey began in Coventry. “The success of our alumni is in part down to the experiences they have here and the opportunities they take throughout their studies.”

Read every story in our hardcopy newspaper for free by downloading the app.

0

Latest Tweets

  • GenesisRadioBhm
    Car Bomb, Circuit Of Suns, Nycosia, 26 Sep 2017 26 Sep 2017 - Rock & Pop at Mama Roux's https://t.co/dZnMl66uSq @jamtubetv @thenaturalmonk about 2 hours ago
  • GenesisRadioBhm
    Plans to fix West Midlands' busiest motorway junction: Have your say Highways England i https://t.co/gfp3WNSNkU @jamtubetv @thenaturalmonk about 2 hours ago
  • GenesisRadioBhm
    Vir Das, 25 Sep 2017 25 Sep 2017 - Comedy at Glee Club https://t.co/tGswR38Mqf @jamtubetv @thenaturalmonk about 8 hours ago
  • GenesisRadioBhm
    £3.7 million boost for Black County business park development A major new Black Country https://t.co/04OiReKnYf @jamtubetv @thenaturalmonk about 8 hours ago
  • GenesisRadioBhm
    Dope Vibes Jam Session, 25 Sep 2017 25 Sep 2017 - Rock & Pop at RJJZ Jazz Bar https://t.co/CgiDvhG1jN @jamtubetv @thenaturalmonk about 14 hours ago
  • GenesisRadioBhm
    New Royal title is music to the ears of Birmingham Conservatoire Birmingham City Univer https://t.co/xQE3kKM5XV @jamtubetv @thenaturalmonk about 14 hours ago
  • GenesisRadioBhm
    Edwin Guerra, 25 Sep 2017 25 Sep 2017 - World Music at The Cuban EmbassyFREE Resident m https://t.co/REoKfipHO3 @jamtubetv @thenaturalmonk about 20 hours ago
  • GenesisRadioBhm
    Bounce, 25 Sep 2017 25 Sep 2017 - Club at Rosies https://t.co/LmrEtHIECR @jamtubetv @thenaturalmonk about a day ago
  • GenesisRadioBhm
    Helping Hearts Family 5K Run, 24 Sep 2017 24 Sep 2017 - Community at Cannon Hill Park https://t.co/3Ji0UCZfQ8 @jamtubetv @thenaturalmonk about a day ago
  • GenesisRadioBhm
    City council watchdog panel demands urgent senior appointments A government-appointed w https://t.co/t4vJExwsAa @jamtubetv @thenaturalmonk about a day ago
  • GenesisRadioBhm
    Didier Kisala with the Froe, 24 Sep 2017 24 Sep 2017 - World Music at Ikon GalleryDidie https://t.co/Sf16hrf4mG @jamtubetv @thenaturalmonk about a day ago
  • GenesisRadioBhm
    Former Birmingham Council leader Mike Whitby claimed £20,526 from House of Lords but di https://t.co/tw8BOha1Jl @jamtubetv @thenaturalmonk about a day ago
  • GenesisRadioBhm
    Luxe Soiree, 23 Sep 2017 23 Sep 2017 - Club at Prisma https://t.co/GdVKkakDKm @jamtubetv @thenaturalmonk about a day ago
  • GenesisRadioBhm
    Crackdown on rogue landlords proposed with new licence regime City bosses are set to la https://t.co/zKAQkklP3r @jamtubetv @thenaturalmonk about a day ago
  • GenesisRadioBhm
    Sarehole Autumn Food Festival, 24 Sep 2017 24 Sep 2017 - Community at Sarehole MillJoin https://t.co/aKfKd13vaS @jamtubetv @thenaturalmonk about 2 days ago
  • GenesisRadioBhm
    HMRC to bring thousands of tax staff to Birmingham development More than 3,500 tax work https://t.co/d2FC1eL8CP @jamtubetv @thenaturalmonk about 2 days ago
  • GenesisRadioBhm
    Twisted Disko, 23 Sep 2017 23 Sep 2017 - Club at Rosies https://t.co/woFC1FpYm3 @jamtubetv @thenaturalmonk about 2 days ago
  • GenesisRadioBhm
    Labour holds its annual conference in Brighton as the party finally appears to have uni https://t.co/b1AWrbq7l2 @jamtubetv @thenaturalmonk about 2 days ago
  • GenesisRadioBhm
    Pure Anthems, 23 Sep 2017 23 Sep 2017 - Club at Rosies https://t.co/Q1EmaQ8oCV @jamtubetv @thenaturalmonk about 3 days ago
  • GenesisRadioBhm
    Vélo Birmingham will be one of region's 'most exciting sports developments' The Vélo Bi https://t.co/JQrSpoGleR @jamtubetv @thenaturalmonk about 3 days ago
  • GenesisRadioBhm
    TheNaturalMonk © TheNat https://t.co/KT7P5cPba2 @jamtubetv @thenaturalmonk about 3 days ago
  • GenesisRadioBhm
    Pure Purple, 23 Sep 2017 23 Sep 2017 - Rock & Pop at Route 44 https://t.co/qwt3TS0x27 @jamtubetv @thenaturalmonk about 3 days ago
  • GenesisRadioBhm
    How Brummies can get a free bike Families and residents who are looking to get fit and https://t.co/KvhqdKbCmJ @jamtubetv @thenaturalmonk about 3 days ago
  • GenesisRadioBhm
    Restless Dog, 23 Sep 2017 23 Sep 2017 - Rock & Pop at The Red Lion (Kings Heath)FREE ( https://t.co/pmUZkpGRUN @jamtubetv @thenaturalmonk about 3 days ago
  • GenesisRadioBhm
    New Street set for extra armed cops in big anti-terror recruitment drive The number of https://t.co/qIvoiXT7yc @jamtubetv @thenaturalmonk about 3 days ago