CRIME

601 Boko Haram Terrorists Reintegrated into Society After Graduation in Gombe

About 601 ex-Boko Haram terrorists, including 14 Niger, Chad and Cameroon nationals, have been reintegrated into the society, after passing through their respective national and state authorities.

The integration exercise was carried out by the Defence Headquarters Headquarters the aegis of Operation Safe Corridor.

Major General Bamidele Shafa, who is the Coordinator of the Operation Safe Corridor, disclosed this on Saturday at the DRR Camp in Mallam Sidi, Gombe State.

Shafa said the concept of Operation Safe Corridor was a unique non-kinetic operation aimed at giving hope to ex-combatants, who willingly give up their arms to embrace peace.

He said, “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.”

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