- Army announced the establishment of a programme for repentant Boko Haram members
- The key focus of the operation is geared towards rehabilitating and reintegrating of the insurgents
Brigadier General Rabe Abubakar, acting director of Defence Information, has announced that the Federal government established a programme for repentant Boko Haram insurgents.
This was contained in a statement issued on April 5, Tuesday.
“In line with the Federal government’s commitment to the war against insurgency in the North East and in furtherance of its efforts to rehabilitate and reintegrate surrendered and repentant Boko Haram terrorist members, the Defence Headquarters has established rehabilitation camp in an exercise known as Operation Safe Corridor,” it said.
The key focus of the operation is geared towards rehabilitating and reintegrating the repentant and the surrendering Boko Haram fighters back into normal life in the society.
Abubakar added that the repentant insurgents in the camp would be taken through different vocational training so that they could be useful to themselves and be empowered to contribute meaningfully to the economic growth of Nigeria.
“The Defence Headquarters therefore wishes to appeal to other recalcitrant terrorist members that are still carrying arms against their fellow citizens in our nation to repent today and benefit from numerous opportunities offered by the camp. The DHQ wishes to state further that the final onslaught against the remnant group of the terrorists would continue unabated and would not relent until the power of evil forces in the North East is completely neutralized,” the statement added.
“The reluctant Boko Haram members should therefore see wisdom in surrendering now, thereby saving themselves from imminent calamity that is about to fall on them, in the event of military mop-up if they continue in their unwholesome acts. Furthermore, the DHQ is urging public to be extra vigilant and report any unusual persons, objects and movement to the security agencies.”
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Earlier was said that 'Safe corridor’ is an intelligence driven programme that targets the return and rehabilitation of those affected by the Boko Haram terrorist activities.
The Nigerian military in the latest operation have rescued 275 people held hostage by the terrorists.
In related development, the army has confirmed that more insurgents have been arrested while other Boko Haram fighters have also surrendered to the security agencies.