Mil­i­tary to re-in­te­grate re­pen­tant ter­ror­ists

Daily Trust - - NEWS - By Ron­ald Mu­tum

De­fence Head­quar­ters (DHQ) has in­au­gu­rated a na­tional com­mit­tee to over­see the re-in­te­gra­tion of re­pen­tant ter­ror­ists into so­ci­ety.

Deputy Di­rec­tor, De­fence In­for­ma­tion, Group Cap­tain Maigida Wap, made this known yesterday in a state­ment on be­half of the De­fence spokesman, Colonel Rabe Abubakar.

Wap said the com­mit­tee was set up in com­pli­ance to a Pres­i­den­tial di­rec­tive to the De­fence Head­quar­ters to over-see the cre­ation of a safe pas­sage into main stream so­ci­ety for mem­bers of the Boko Haram ter­ror­ists group.

“Boko Haram mem­bers pen­ciled for rein­te­gra­tion are those force­fully con­scripted into the group and those who have al­ready sur­ren­dered and given up their mem­ber­ship of the sect and those will­ing to re­nounce their mem­ber­ship,” the DHQ said.

Wap ex­plained that mem­bers of the com­mit­tee com­prised rel­e­vant fed­eral gov­ern­ment agen­cies in­volved in the coun­terin­sur­gency op­er­a­tion and rep­re­sen­ta­tives of states in the North East and Ji­gawa State.

He said the com­mit­tee’s terms of ref­er­ence in­clude; iden­ti­fy­ing im­ple­men­ta­tion part­ners and es­tab­lish­ing their re­spon­si­bil­i­ties, to es­tab­lish a frame­work for co­or­di­na­tion of im­ple­men­ta­tion agen­cies, to de­ter­mine fund­ing re­quire­ments and sources and to iden­tify tech­ni­cal as­sis­tance needs and pos­si­ble sources.

Be­sides, the Nige­rian army yesterday said troops on op­er­a­tion “Lafiya Dole” am­bushed and killed two flee­ing ter­ror­ists and re­cov­ered sev­eral weapons.

A state­ment by army spokesman, Colonel Sani Us­man said: “The troops who laid the am­bush at the Boko Haram cross­ing point into Sam­bisa For­est at Iza, en­gaged the ter­ror­ists who suc­cumbed to the su­pe­rior fire­power of troops and fled.”

He added that: “At the end of the en­counter two of the ter­ror­ists were killed, some aban­doned their sup­plies and fled, one gen­eral pur­pose ma­chine gun and one AK47 ri­fle were cap­tured.”

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