Army re­leases 155 ex-B/Haram fight­ers to Borno, Yobe govts

Sunday Trust - - NEWS - From Haruna Gimba Yaya, Gombe

The Nige­rian Army has handed over 155 ex-Boko Haram fight­ers to rep­re­sen­ta­tives of Borno, Yobe and Adamawa states gov­ern­ment to be rein­te­grated into their com­mu­ni­ties.

Co­or­di­na­tor of the pro­gramme, Ma­jor Gen­eral Bamidele Shafa, dis­closed this yes­ter­day at a grad­u­a­tion cer­e­mony of re­pen­tant Boko Haram fight­ers in Gombe State.

The re­pen­tant fight­ers were re­leased to join their fam­i­lies af­ter an 11-month De-rad­i­cal­i­sa­tion, Re­ha­bil­i­ta­tion and Rein­te­gra­tion (DDR) pro­gramme, coded Op­er­a­tion Safe Cor­ri­dor.

Shafa said the re­pen­tant mem­bers who sur­ren­dered them­selves to the Nige­rian Army were rein­te­grated into their re­spec­tive com­mu­ni­ties af­ter the pro­gramme.

He said the ex-fight­ers are the se­cond batch to be handed over to their re­spec­tive state gov­ern­ments since the in­cep­tion of the pro­gramme in 2016.

The co­or­di­na­tor called on other Boko Haram fight­ers still in the bush to come out and sur­ren­der to the Nige­rian Army so as to be re­formed.

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