The Nigerian Army in their statement said it has graduated and released 155 ex-Boko Haram fighters after they underwent an 11-month De-radicalisation, Rehabilitation and Reintegration (DDR) programme, tagged: “Operation Safe Corridor.”
Major General Bamidele Shafa, who is the coordinator of the programme disclosed this on Saturday at a graduation ceremony of the ex-fighters at a training camp in Gombe State.
In his statement, he said : repentant Boko Haram members would be reintegrate back into their respective communities after the 11 months of vocational and de-radicalisation training by relevant government agencies.
Major General Bamidele Shafa said the released ex-fighters are the second batch of the former insurgents to be released and integrated back to their respective communities since the inception of the programme in 2016.
Shafa called on other Boko Haram fighters still in the bush to come out and surrender to the Nigerian Army to be reformed and rejoined with their families.
He went further to say that the army has put a monitoring mechanism comprising traditional rulers and Civilian JTF to monitor their movement after they are released from the camp.
The Chief of Defence Staff, General Ayobami Olanishakin, Represented by the Rear Admiral Peter Onaji, said since the inception of the ‘Operation Safe Corridor’ and opening of the camp in 2016, 254 repentant Boko Haram members were rehabilitated and released back to their states.
He appealed to their respective state governments to assist in the cause of their integration.
Ibrahim Hassan Dankwambo, the state Governor promised that his administration is ready to collaborate with the security agencies and will assist to ease the integration of the released former Boko Haram fighters.
The state Governor, represented by the state Commissioner of Agriculture, Dahiru Buba Biri, appealed to the public to forgive and accept the repentant Boko Haram members.
Abba Shuwa also appealed on behalf of the repented Boko Haram, he called on members of the public to forgive and accept them, saying they are now reformed and patriotic citizens of the country.