- About 602 repentant terrorists have renounced insurgency
- The terrorists also swore allegiance to Nigeria
- Meanwhile, if they commit an offence, they will be liable for offence against the state
In what can be termed as a major success for the Nigerian military, about 602 repentant Boko Haram members have denounced their membership of the terrorist group.
The repentant terrorist also swore an Oath of Allegiance to the Federal Republic of Nigeria, PR Nigeria reports.
According to the military, they have completed a de-radicalisation, rehabilitation and reintegration programme.
They denounced their membership of the insurgent group at the Malam Sidi Camp in Kwami local government area of Gombe state.
Meanwhile, if they commit any offence, they stand to forfeit all privileges and will be liable for offence against the state.
However, Legit.ng had reported that the Arewa Youth Security Network (AYSN) has thrown its weight behind the Nigerian Army's newly launched Operation Sahel Sanity.
The youth group said the recently established army operation is already recording various successes.
In a statement signed by AYSN secretary-general, Jimoh Jibrin, on Tuesday, July 14, the northern group also expressed confidence in the chief of army staff, Lieutenant General Tukur Buratai, for the initiative.
Noting that the operation is currently being used to neutralized scores of bandits within seven days, Jibrin said the army's effort to end banditry in Katsina, Kaduna, Zamfara, Sokoto and Niger states have recorded successes.
He said the armed forces have again stepped up its game to this challenge by nipping the ongoing insecurity in these states in the bud.
Also, commending the military for their sacrifices and proactive, the Arewa group called on Nigerians, especially leaders of thought, political leaders, religious institutions and the local communities to join hands with the army to tackle this menace.
"Unfortunately, the conflict between farmers and herders kept getting more complicated due to several factors amongst them, greater human use of land for non-agricultural purposes, consistent shift in human and livestock population," Jibrin said.
On their part, the group, however, urged the troops not to relent in their efforts especially now that they are recording tremendous progress against the bandits.