The Defence Headquarters has revealed that 281 Boko Haram fighters who were captured by the Nigerian Military have gone through a 52-week psycho-spiritual counselling and psycho-therapy session.
The spiritual session was held under the Operation Safe Corridor programme organised by the DHQ in Gombe State. The programme is aimed at encouraging willing and repentant Boko Haram terrorists to go through structured de-radicalisation process before their re-integration into the society.
The DHQ Operation Safe Corridor is reportedly also expected to receive about 650 Boko Haram fighters again for the programme.
According to a statement released by the DHQ (as obtained by Naija Buzz News);
“The Commander-in-Chief, President Muhammadu Buhari, established Operation Safe Corridor in September 2015 to encourage willing and repentant Boko Haram combatants to surrender and go through a structured deradicalisation, rehabilitation and reintegration programme. The objective of the operation is to deplete the fighting force of the terrorists.
“The ex-combatants go through a 52-week programme involving psycho-spiritual counselling, psycho-therapy, recreation, drug use intervention, introduction to western education and vocational training. In the course of the programme, visitation by families and prominent personalities are organised to promote confidence and ensure smooth reintegration. The ex-combatants also appear before a Quasi-Judicial Panel where they confess their past deeds, denounce membership of the Boko Haram and swear an oath of allegiance to the Federal Republic of Nigeria.
“Since inception, 281 ex-combatants and associated persons have gone through the programme out of which 254, including two Chadians have been successfully transferred to their country and states for re-integration. It is on record that no adverse report has been received concerning any of these persons. Arrangements are underway to admit another set of over 650 surrendered terrorists for the DRR Programme.”
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