Army airlifts 43 surrendered Boko Haram terrorists to commence rehabilitation programme in Gombe (photos) ••
The Nigerian army has airlifted 43 repentant Boko Haram terrorists to join other insurgents to commence a de-radicalisation and rehabilitation programme.
The army in a press statement through Brigadier General Sani Kukasheka Usman, director ,Army Public Relations said the terrorists through the programme will have a new lease of life.
The statement obtained by NAIJ.com read: “Forty three Boko Haram insurgents who recently surrendered to troops of Operation Lafiya Dole were on Saturday air lifted to join other surrendered insurgents in Gombe where they are to immediately commence a de-radicalization and rehabilitation programme under the auspices of Operation Safe Corridor.
“Speaking while handing over the surrendered insurgents to Operation Safe Corridor, the Theatre Commander Operation Lafiya Dole, Major General Ibrahim Attahiru gave assurance that the penitent insurgents will be given a new lease of life as they commence their journey back into the civil society through the de-radicalization and rehabilitation processes. He urged them further to embrace and undertake the programme whole heartedly to enable them benefit and positively reorient their views about life and the society in general.
“It will be recalled that over 70 Boko Haram insurgents had earlier in this month, surrendered to troops of Operation Lafiya Dole in the North East, thus, taking advantage of the window of grace provided by the Federal Government for insurgents who are willing to give up terrorism and turn a new leaf to surrender to any military location closest to them.
The repentant insurgents were air lifted to join their fello terrorists to comemce a rehabilitation programme. Photo credit: SK Usman
“General Attahiru called on all other insurgents to abandon the futile struggle and reject the hypocrisy of the Boko Haram leadership who live in affluence, while their foot soldiers die in hunger,” the statement read.
NAIJ.com had earlier reported that the Nigerian army arrested some members of the Boko Haram terrorists group even as more of them willingly surrendered to troops of 27 Task Force Brigade, Borno state.
The army in a press statement through Brigadier General Sani Kukasheka Usman, director ,Army Public Relations said the terrorists said it has also arrest a suspected logistics supplier to the terror group.