About 7 repentant Boko Haram insurgents on Wednesday, January 4, appealed to their fellow members still in Sambisa forest to lay down their arms and embrace peace.
Joseph David, one of the insurgents made the appeal when the Nigerian army presented them at a press conference in Maiduguri, Borno state capital.
David, who is also known as Ibrahim Alhaji, said he chose to lay down his arms to embrace peace.
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He said: “I have chosen to lay down my arms to allow peace reign in the country. We have been accepted by the Nigerian Government, contrary to what we were told by the sect leaders.”
Another suspect who also appealed to the rest still hiding in the Sambisa forest to lay down their arms and embrace peace.
“The sect leaders told us not to surrender to the government because we will be killed, but to our surprise, nothing happened to us.
“The Nigerian government has accepted us and is taking good care of us,’’ he said.
Maj. Gen. Lucky Irabor, the Theatre Commander of Operation Lafiya Dole, said four of the repentant terrorists were from Mamman Nur’s camp, while six were from the Shekau faction.
He said the repentant sect members would undergo a deradicalisation programme to enable them become responsible citizens.
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In a related development, the Nigerian Army has announced the discovery a bomb-making factory left behind by fleeing Boko Haram insurgents.
According to the theatre commander, the Camerounian Army operating at Ngoshe, close to the border with the Central African country, made the discovery.