A total of 601 repentant Boko Haram terrorists including 14 foreign nationals from Cameroon, Chad and Niger, have been reintegrated into various society through their respective national and state authorities.
The Defence Headquarters through the Coordinator of Operation Safe Corridor, Major General Bamidele Shafa, disclosed this on Saturday at the DRR Camp in Mallam Sidi, Gombe State.
Shafa said the concept of Operation Safe Corridor was a unique non-kinetic operation aimed at giving hope to ex-combatants, who willingly give up their arms to embrace peace.
“On arrival at the camp, the clients went through documentation processes to obtain vital background information after which they were subjected to comprehensive medical screening to determine their health status.
“Their DNA samples were also collected while their biometrics were captured on national data using the National Identity Management Commission facilities for future references. The background information serves as guide for the experts; Local Treatment Team (LTT) to properly place the clients for treatment therapies and vocational training.
“The LTT are specialised experts in various fields of deradicalisation and rehabilitation therapies drawn from the Nigeria Correctional Service.”
This is coming one week after 602 Boko Haram members denounced their membership of the terrorist group and sworn oath of allegiance to the Federal Government of Nigeria.