By Francis Okoye, Maiduguri
The Nigerian Army said that it has concluded investigation of more than 1,400 suspected Boko Haram terrorists who have denounced the evil activities of the group.
The army also said that some American and British soldiers operating in the Northeast are merely giving support and military advice to Nigerian troops in the fight against insurgency and not combat.
This was disclosed yesterday by the outgoing Theatre Commander of Operation Lafiya Dole, Maj Gen Lucky Irabor shortly after handing over the Theatre command to the incoming Theatre commander , Maj Gen Ibrahim Attahiru at the headquarters of Operation Lafiya Dole, Maimalari cantonment in Maiduguri. Gen Irabor who is taking over the command at the multinational Joint Taskforce in Njanmena, Chad added that the American and British soldiers are about eight in numbers.
“The number of suspected Boko Haram terrorists investigated so far is about 1,400 who have denounced their membership of the murderous group. What the army is doing now is the deradicalization of the repentant terrorists to give them another chance.
“The safe corridor initiative opened by the military is still open for any terrorist who wishes to lay down his or her weapon to embrace peace and live a better life,” said Maj Gen Lucky Irabor.