Boko Haram

United States helps Nigeria rehabilitate repentant Boko Haram terrorists

Ex-Boko Haram members

The United States Government has admitted that it was helping Nigeria in the rehabilitation of repentant terrorists as part of a broader joint Nigeria and US strategy to counter violent extremism.

The US noted that it was helping Nigeria through the International Organisation for Migration.

“The US government assists the Government of Nigeria’s Disarmament, Demobilisation, Rehabilitation and Reintegration programme through the International Organisation for Migration – which supports Nigeria’s Operation Safe Corridor programme to carry out DDRR of repentant and eligible ex-combatants who were formerly affiliated with a terrorist organisation,” the US Embassy to Nigeria said in an email to Punch.

“According to our understanding, 601 individuals who were formerly affiliated with a terrorist organisation recently graduated from Operation Safe Corridor last month following successful completion of the de-radicalisation and rehabilitation programme in Gombe Camp.

“We understand that these men have not been released to communities yet and are still awaiting transfer to a rehabilitation centre in Maiduguri. They are to be transferred in batches in the very near future.

“The United States has supported Nigeria’s efforts toward effective disarmament, demobilisation, and reintegration of former affiliates as an important element of the broader joint Nigerian and US strategy to counter violent extremism.”

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