Nigeria Army releases 152 ex-Boko Haram terrorists back to society after rehabilitation.
The Nigerian Army has released 152 former Boko Haram militants for reintegration back into the society after undergoing 12 months of de-radicalisation training in Gombe State.
The graduation ceremony was held in Malam Sidi, Gombe on Wednesday, April 3, 2019, and they had the opportunity to reunite with their families.
The de-radicalisation programme is part of the military’s Operation Safe Corridor which was launched in 2016 to encourage terrorists to surrender amid the untold atrocity wreaked by the terror group in 10 years of insurgency in the northeast region.
Gombe Camp Commandant, Colonel Beyidi Martins, said the repentant militants were assessed by psychologists, social workers, and other psycho-social support experts who passed them fit to return to society.
During their de-radicalisation, the repentant militants were trained and equipped with vocational skills to make them more useful and self-reliant and keep them from falling back to their old ways.
He went further to say that the Operation Safe Corridor is an effective non-combat approach to fighting Boko Haram as it frustrates its recruitment efforts.
“The Federal Government is using this programme to cut the abilities of the sect to recruit more members and also ensure defection into the programme by other insurgents.
“By the time this is achieved, the government will be able to reduce the number of free hands the sect recruits to fight it,” he added.