The Nigerian military has disclosed that no fewer than 500 members of the Boko Haram terrorists have been so far tried and sentenced to various jail terms by the federal government.
The military further disclosed that 914 repentant Boko Haram terrorists have passed through the “Operation Safe Corridor” and are well documented.
The Coordinator “Operation Safe Corridor” , Maj. Gen. Bamidele Shaffa
made the disclosure yesterday at a-one day capacity building workshop
organised by Centre for Democracy and Development ( CDD ) for National Orientation Agency ( NOA ) and community leaders on peace building and reconciliation.
While noting that the military has a responsibility to key into the determination of government to see that peace returns to Borno, Gen. Shaffa added that the state governor, Babagana Umara Zulum has been going round in search of peace.
He said the federal government is also highly committed to the
return of peace in the Northeast, noting that the military is working tirelessly to see that peace returns and everyone is returned to his or her homeland.
Maj. Gen. Shaffa said:” 914 repentant Boko Haram terrorists that have passed the ‘Operation Safe Corridor’ are well documented .The federal government has tried over 500 Boko Haram terrorists and sentenced them to various prison terms.
“ Operation Safe Corridor is basically for those who were conscripted and joined for economic hardship and not for those extremists.“ No one of the repentant Boko Haram terrorists who had passed through
the ‘Operation Safe Corridor’ is returned without the involvement of the community leaders. We traced the family of returnees, we equally make them to visit them in our camp.
“ Tomorrow a delegation from Yobe State led by the Commissioner of Women Affairs will visit Gombe camp to talk to these group of people.”
He said the military has mechanism in place with partners to monitor those that have been released, adding that they are handed over to the state and to the local governments and then into the community.
“ They are documented and monitored from time to time. They are in group and given psychosocial support and there is a particular day in the month that they have to present themselves for the support. All those that have been reintegrated are continuously monitored by the police, DSS and the civilian JTF.
“ Before they are reintegrated into the community, the police and DSS screen them. There are narrative that are going round that the people graduated are involved in the attack, it is wrong and is being emphasized or reinforced to defeat the programme”, he further said.