Nigerian Army Denies Enlisting Repentant Terrorists As Soldiers

Nigerian Army Denies Enlisting Repentant Terrorists As Soldiers

  • The Nigerian Army has explained why repentant and former terrorists would not be recruited into the service
  • Brig.-Gen. Onyema Nwachukwu, the director, Army public relations, made this known following fear about repentant terrorists
  • The Army spokesperson informed that the Nigerian Army described the claim about the alleged recruitment as baseless

FCT, Abuja - The Nigerian Army has again spoken concerning the former and repentant terrorists in the country.

The Punch reports that the director, Army public relations, Brig.-Gen. Onyema Nwachukwu said the Nigerian Army had not and would not enlist former and repentant Boko Haram/Islamic State West Africa Province terrorists into the service. gathered that Nwachukwu, made the clarification in a statement released on Tuesday, August 24, in Abuja.

Nigerian Army debunks rumour recruiting former and repentant terrorists
The Nigerian Army has again denied enlisting repentant terrorists as soldiers. Photo credit: HQ Nigerian Army
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The Sun also reports that Nwachukwu stated that an online video circulating in the social media by one Young Elder and produced by Anthony Jay attempted to relate the collapse of the Afghan military to the ongoing surrender by the Boko Haram/ISWAP terrorists in Nigeria.

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He hinted that the Army was not desperate for prospective recruits to stoop so low to engage the services of former terrorists.

Nwachukwu explained that it was not recommended to absorb former fighters into the services of a regular military as a general rule.

He added that the army under the leadership of the Chief of Army Staff, Lt.-Gen. Faruk Yahaya would continue to operate within the dictates of the law.

Federal govt trains 25,000 constabularies for community policing

Meanwhile, had previously reported that the minister of police affairs, Muhammad Maigari Dingyadi, revealed that in the implementation of the community policing initiative of President Buhari administration, about 25,000 constabularies were trained in several police colleges across the country.

It was reported that he made this known during the 2nd ministerial press briefing held at the Nigeria Police Force headquarters, Abuja on Tuesday, August 24 and attended by a reporter.

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The minister noted that community policing is a concept that is fast gaining ground in Nigeria especially among the police force.

he said the successful officers were trained on basic police duties, modern intelligence-gathering techniques, and rule of law.


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