Repented Boko Haram terrorists arrived Maiduguri:
The former terrorists arrived at Maiduguri airport in a military aircraft in the company of soldiers led by Bamidele Shafa, a major general who is the coordinator of the Federal Government Safe Corridor programme.
Mr Shafa noted, “We have just delivered 25 persons, comprising men, women, and children,” he said.
He said the ex-Boko Haram members laid down arms and surrendered to the Nigerien government, who contacted the Nigerian government to take them home.
“So we have brought them home safely and handed them to the Borno State government for onward rehabilitation as part of the Operation Safe Corridor de-radicalization programme,” he said.
“We are using this opportunity to encourage those that are still in the bush come out because the president of the Federal Republic has given them an open arm to drop their weapons and embrace peace.”
Borno State Commissioner of Women Affairs who received returnees said the state government “will provide them with psychosocial support, feed them, clothe them, and give some form of education and skills acquisition.”
Meanwhile, this is coming a week after a bill seeking to deradicalise and integrate repentant Boko Haram terrorists into the Nigerian society has passed first reading in the Senate.
The bill, which was read for the first time on Thursday on the floor of the Senate, was titled, ‘National Agency for the Education, Rehabilitation, De-radicalisation and Integration of Repentant Insurgents in Nigeria’.
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