No fewer than one hundred and fifty-five (155) Ex-Boko Haram fighters have been rehabilitated. Under the De-radicalisation, Rehabilitation and Reintegration DRR programme. They are now mentally sound to be reintegrated into society.
On Saturday, November 24, Shafamajor Bamidele, General and coordinator of Operations Safe Corridor, made this known at the end of a rehabilitation programme for the repentant Boko Haram sets in Gombe.
“The first batch of ninety-five clients who were discharged in February have been successfully reintegrated.” According to Bamidele, this is the second batch.
“By his grace, a total of one hundred and fifty-five coverts will also be discharged and handed over to their State authorities for reintegration and resettlement,”
He said: Prior to the event, a stakeholders’ meeting was held on October 4, with the Chief of Defence Staff to work out modalities for the reintegration.
“Following the outcome of the meeting, visits were conducted in partnership with the Presidential Committee on North-East Initiative and the Centre for Democracy and Development to Adamawa, Borno and Yobe States. This is to sensitize the traditional rulers, state authorities, religious leaders and other relevant stakeholders on the need to resettle, reconcile and reintegrate the converts back into their communities,” he stated.
“I wish to state that, the reception of the various stakeholders in the three states of the federation were warm, assuring that these repentant youths would be accepted totally on return.”
Also, a Colonel and Camp Commandant, Martins Beyidi said they were working in accordance with the International Organization for Migration IOM.
He said the organization has ever supported the DRR programme using funding from the United States Government and other European Nations.
However, the outgoing ex- fighters were fully trained on various skills during the rehabilitation, he said.
On the other hand, Gov. Ibrahim Dankwambo of Gombe State commended President Muhammad Buhari for initiating such a programme and appreciated the effort of Camp officials.
Dankwambo who was represented by his commissioner, Buba-Biri Abba, vowed to support all programmes toward attaining lasting peace in the North East and Nigeria at large.