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Nigeria to reintegrate 603 repentant Boko Haram members into society in July

Valentine Chinyem

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A total of 603 repentant Boko Haram fighters are billed to be reintegrated into their communities in July having completed the Deradicalisation, Rehabilitation and Reintegration (DRR) programme.

This was made known at a media briefing by the Director of Defence Media Organization (DMO) Major General John Enenche.

According to him operation safe corridor which was established in 2016, has admitted a total of 893 ex Boko Haram fighters.

Adding that the military had successfully reintegrated 280 former Boko Haram terrorists including 2 Chadians back into the society through their respective national and state authorities.

While listing the stages involved before the repentant members are releassed into the society, Gen. Enenche said, de-radicalization is the first stage of the programme after medical screening including taking of DNA sample is conducted, listed other processes before admitting the candidates into the training to include psychotherapy, psycho-spiritual counseling, drug abuse intervention, art therapy, sports/recreation and introduction to western education to counter the BHT ideology.