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602 repentant Boko Haram fighters take oath of allegiance

No fewer than 602 repentant Boko Haram members had sworn an Oath of Allegiance to the Federal Republic of Nigeria in the last one week.

The repentant Boko-Haram reportedly renounced their membership of the sect and underwent the de-radicalisation, rehabilitation and re-integration programme of the Operation Safe Corridor.

Disclosing this at a news conference in Abuja on Thursday, the Coordinator, Defence Headquaters Media Operations, Maj. Gen. John Enenche, explained that the ex-insurgents took the oath before an 11-member quasi-judicial panel.

He stated, “The reason behind the Oath of Allegiance is to emphasise their loyalty, discipline and obedience to the Federal Republic of Nigeria and thereby making a commitment.

“The implication is that at the end of the programme, if they commit any offence, they stand to forfeit all privileges and will be liable for offence against the state.” Enenche further stated that over 822 former insurgents had graduated from the DRR programme.

Asked about the number of high-risk insurgents involved in the deradicalization exercise, the spokesman declined, saying the information was classified.

According to him, troops of Operation Lafiya Dole in the North-East conducted several operations at various locations, leading to the killing of several criminals at the fringes of the Sambisa Forest and Bulabulin in Damboa Local Government Area of Borno State.

National Identity Management Commission (NIMC) had registered about 900 repentant Boko Haram members.

NIMC said as a strategic partner in the effort at tackling the security challenges in the country, it will provide reliable and secure data of repentant Boko Haram members who have been reintegrated into society.

Director-general of the commission, Aliyu Aziz, reiterated the agency’s readiness to provide “accurate, secured and verifiable data when needed” .

“The commission has the capacity to support the FG in the ongoing war against security challenges through its functional and world-class verification and authentication services residual in its modern and up-to-date database,” he said.

John Enenche, said NIMC is one of the agencies involved in the deradicalisation, rehabilitation and reintegration process of ex-Boko Haram members.

Enenche said no repentant Boko Haram member will evade arrest if they renege on their pledge to give up arms, particularly with their data captured by NIMC.

“The National Identity Management Commission is one of the agencies involved in the DRR process capturing of all repentant Boko Haram combatants on its data making it easy for them to be traced in any unfortunate incident,” he said.

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