The 95 surrendered Boko Haram fighters, who were admitted into military facilities located in Gombe State in July 2017, according to the military, have successfully gone through its 16-week deradicalisation programe.
The Chief of Defence Staff (CDS), Gen. Abayomi Olonisakin, who disclosed this on Thursday in his opening remarks at a stakeholders’ meeting to work out modalities for the reintegration of rehabilitated ex-Boko Haram fighters, held at the Defence Headquarters, Abuja, said having followed the activities in the camp since the ex- fighters arrived there, he was hopeful that they were different from who they were six months ago.
Olonisakin said: “The ex- fighters have been transformed, made to imbibe good characters and habits, and have also learnt vocational trades to empower them.
“The DPR camp, located in Gombe State is structured and mandated to absorb surrendered Boko Haram terrorists and cleared suspects into the De-radicalisation, Rehabilitation and Re-integration Programme under the military’s Operation Safe Corridors (OPSC).”
The Commandant of DRR Camp of Operation Safe Corridors, Col Adegoke Adetuyi, while giving a review of the programme, said out of the 95 deradicalised Boko Haram fighters, Borno State alone has a total of 91 while Adamawa and Bauchi have one each, leaving Yobe also with two.
He said the 95 Boko Haram ex- combatants that commenced the DRR programme in July 2017, were adequately exposed to various therapies in the de-radicalisation, rehabilitation and rehabilitation programme.