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Hundreds Of Repentant Boko Haram Fighters Denounce Membership

Six hundred and two (602) repentant Boko Haram members on Monday denounced their membership in the group and swore an oath to the country.

They swore an oath of allegiance to the Federal Republic of Nigeria before a judicial panel headed by Justice Nehizena Afolabi, of the Federal High Court, Gombe State.

The event which took place at the Malam Sidi Camp in Kwami local government area of the State followed their de-radicalisation, rehabilitation and reintegration programme.

“The panel is for the clients to appear before it to confess their pasts and denounce their membership of Boko Haram, Islamic State’s West Africa Province (ISWAP) as the case may be,” said Maj-Gen. Bamidele Shafa, the Coordinator, Operation Safe Corridor, the News Agency of Nigeria reports.

He explained during the exercise that the appearance of the repentant insurgents before the panel was essential, before their reintegration into the society.

“The commitment is that at the end of the programme, where they commit any offence, they stand to forfeit all privileges that they have acquired today and will be liable of offence against the State,” Gen. Shafa said.

Also speaking, the Borno State Commissioner of Women Affairs and Social Development, Hajiya Zuwaira Gambo, said former fighters who were earlier released into the society were doing well, adding that the present ones would be supported as well.

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“We will provide them with psycho-social supports, continue with religious admonition in order to make them good citizens of the country.

“We will also give them starter packs to help them practice the skills that had been acquired in the camp here,” she said.

The commissioner added that one of them makes N250,000 from barbing on monthly basis and had employed several youths.

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