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602 repentant Boko Haram members denounce sect, swears oath of allegiance to Nigeria

Valentine Chinyem

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Repentant Boko Haram members numbering 602, on Monday, denounced their membership of the insurgent group and swore an oath of allegiance to the Federal Republic of Nigeria.

The former insurgents who have just completed their de-radicalization, rehabilitation, and reintegration program, took the oath at the Malam Sidi Camp in Kwami Local Government Area of Gombe State.

According to the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) the ex-insurgents denounced their membership of the Boko Haram sect before an 11-man Quasi-Judicial Panel headed by Justice Nehizena Afolabi, of the Federal High Court, Gombe.

The Coordinator, Operation Safe Corridor, Maj.-Gen. Bamidele Shafa, while speaking during the exercise, said, the appearance of the repentant insurgents before the judicial panel was a major requirement, before their reintegration into the society.

“The panel is for the clients to appear before it to confess their pasts and denounce their membership of Boko Haram, Islamic State’s West Africa Province (ISWAP) as the case may be.

“And swear Oath of Allegiance to be loyal, disciplined and obedient citizens of the Federal Republic of Nigeria and then make a commitment.

“The commitment is that at the end of the program, where they commit any offence, they stand to forfeit all privileges that they have acquired today and will be liable for an offence against the State.”