We Have Moved 101 Ex-Terrorists To Deradicalisation Camp – Gen. Lucky Irabor

101 Ex-Terrorists Moved To Deradicalisation Camp

Chief of Defence Staff (CDS), General Lucky Irabor, disclosed on Friday, that a total of 101 convicted terrorists and those awaiting trial have been moved from a custodial centre to a deradicalisation camp for reintegration into society.

101 Ex-Terrorists Moved To Deradicalisation Camp

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Irabor disclosed this while speaking to State House Correspondents after the National Security Council (NSC) meeting at Aso Villa in Abuja.

The meeting, which was chaired by President Muhammadu Buhari had in attendance, some ministers including Minister of Interior, Rauf Aregbesola; Minister of Police Affairs, Mohammed Dingyadi.

Reports say controversy had surrounded the release of 101 convicted terrorists after the vicious insurgents, who kidnapped train travellers in Kaduna on March 28, released the last batch of their abductees on October 5.

Speaking on the issue, Irabor said the ex-combatants were moved from the custodial centre to Operation Safe Corridor which was established by the Federal Government in 2016 to receive repentant terrorists.

The CDS said, “The council was also briefed that a total of 101 ex-combatants were taken to Operation Safe Corridor and currently undergoing the process of deradicalisation at the centre.

“These were ex-combatants that have been in detention for several years some of whom have served their terms, others were those who were awaiting trial because of the long time that they have been involved and in line with the procedure for handling anyone who has been exposed to terrorism and related offences.”

On his part, Aregbesola said the ex-combatants were moved for deradicalisation and onward reintegration into the society, noting that there was a court order to that effect.

“There was a judicial order on them which necessitated their transfer from the detention centre to the deradicalisation camp. So, those are the only thing I could add as a result of a legal decision on their status in detention, those 101 ex-combatants which you want to refer to as terrorist detainees had been moved from the custodial facility to a more appropriate camp for deradicalisation.”

Meanwhile, Kanyi Daily reported that Buhari had ordered the military to take the fight to terrorists’ hideouts and eliminate them.


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