The Defense Headquarters said a total number of 601 former Boko Haram Terrorists including foreign nationals have successfully graduated from the de-radicalisation, rehabilitation and reintegration programme in Gombe State after taking oath of allegiance to Nigeria.
Major-General Bamidele Shafa, the Coordinator of Operation Safe Corridor confirmed this at the DRR center in Mallam Sidi, Gombe State.
He also said the Operation Safe Corridor is a non-kinetic operation aimed at giving the Boko Haram members who surrendered their arms willingly to embrace peace.
In his words;
“On arrival at the camp, the clients went through documentation processes to obtain vital background information after which they were subjected to comprehensive medical screening to determine their health status.”
“Their DNA samples were also collected while their biometrics were captured on national data using the National Identity Management Commission facilities for future references. The background information serves as guide for the experts; Local Treatment Team to properly place the clients for treatment therapies and vocational training. The LTT are specialised experts in various fields of deradicalisation and rehabilitation therapies drawn from the Nigeria Correctional Service.”
According to reports, the ex-combatants pledged their allegiance to the country in front of an 11-man quasi judicial council which was headed by Nehizena Afolabi, Justice of the federal high court, Gombe.
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