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Nigerian Army releases 155 ex-Boko Haram fighters to Borno, Yobe govts

Valentine Chinyem

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The Nigerian Army has handed over 155 former Boko Haram fighters to representatives of Borno, Yobe and Adamawa states government to be reintegrated into their respective communities.

Coordinator of the programme, Major General Bamidele Shafa, disclosed this yesterday at a graduation ceremony of repentant Boko Haram fighters in Gombe State.

The repentant fighters were released to join their families after an 11-month De-radicalisation, Rehabilitation and Reintegration (DDR) programme, coded Operation Safe Corridor.

Shafa said the repentant members who surrendered themselves to the Nigerian Army were reintegrated into their respective communities after the programme.

He said the ex-fighters are the second batch to be handed over to their respective state governments since the inception of the programme in 2016.

The coordinator called on other Boko Haram fighters still in the bush to come out and surrender to the Nigerian Army so as to be reformed.

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