254 Repented Boko Haram Members Rejoin Their Communities - Army
At least 254 surrendered and repented Boko Haram sect members have been reformed and some are in the process of being reintegrated to their communities, the Nigerian Army says.
The Coordinator, Operation Safe Corridor, Major General Bamidele Shafa, gave a hint on this reintegration process while briefing a gathering of persons from communities affected by Boko Haram insurgency on Saturday in Yola.
The meeting was organised by the Presidential Committee on the North East Initiative (PCNI) in collaboration with the Centre for Democracy and Development.
It was designed for the reconciliation and reintegration of repented Boko Haram members from most affected three states, Adamawa, Borno and Yobe.
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Shafa stressed that majority of the repented youths of Boko Haram were victims of circumstances.
“So far, the Operation Safe Corridor had treated no fewer than 254 repented Boko Haram members.
“Out of this number, 95 were already handed over to their respective states,” Shafa said.
He explained that the remaining 157 reformed former members of Boko Haram would soon be dispatched, with Adamawa having three; Yobe seven and Borno 143.
He said that among the reintegrated were three foreign nationals from Chad Republic.
According to the coordinator, the operation Safe Corridor is in collaboration with PCNI and National Directorate for Employment which provided tools and other small business entrepreneur equipment for the reintegrated members.
The chairman also provided some funds to the ex-combatants for take off businesses after training in various skills acquisition.
Among the skills acquired by the ex-combatants include vocational, tailoring, carpentry and shoe making.
He also sought the understanding and support of the affected communities in the reintegration of the youth.
Gen. Theophilus Danjuma, the chairman PCNI, said that the initiative was in collaboration with various government and non-governmental authorities towards rehabilitation, resettlement and reintegration in the region.
Danjuma was represented by Asma, Joda.
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