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Monday, 24 July 2017

Military airlifts 43 surrendered Boko Haram insurgents for rehabilitation

The Nigerian Army on Saturday air lifted 43 Boko Haram insurgents who surrendered to troops of Operation Lafiya Dole to join others in Gombe.

In a statement by Deputy Director Public Relations Theatre Command, Col. Onyema Nwachukwu, the army said the insurgents will be rehabilitated and given a new lease of life.

Theatre Commander Operation Lafiya Dole, Major General Ibrahim Attahiru urged other insurgents to surrender while receiving the surrendered terrorists.



The statement reads, “Forty three Boko Haram insurgents who recently surrendered to troops of Operation Lafiya Dole were on Saturday air lifted to join other surrendered insurgents in Gombe where they are to immediately commence a de-radicalization and rehabilitation programme under the auspices of Operation Safe Corridor.

“Speaking while handing over the surrendered insurgents to Operation Safe Corridor, the Theatre Commander Operation Lafiya Dole, Major General Ibrahim Attahiru gave assurance that the penitent insurgents will be given a new lease of life as they commence their journey back into the civil society through the de-radicalization and rehabilitation processes. He urged them further to embrace and undertake the programme whole heartedly to enable them benefit and positively reorient their views about life and the society in general.

“It will be recalled that over 70 Boko Haram insurgents had earlier in this month, surrendered to troops of Operation Lafiya Dole in the North East, thus, taking advantage of the window of grace provided by the Federal Government for insurgents who are willing to give up terrorism and turn a new leaf to surrender to any military location closest to them.

“General Attahiru called on all other insurgents to abandon the futile struggle and reject the hypocrisy of the Boko Haram leadership who live in affluence, while their foot soldiers die in hunger.”




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