The Nigerian military authority says no fewer than six hundred and eight (608) repentant Boko Haram insurgents are presently undergoing De-radicalisation, Rehabilitation and Reintegration (DRR) Programme by Operation Safe Corridor (OSC) at Malam-Sidi, Gombe State.
The Commandant DRR Camp OSC Brig. Gen. Musa Ibrahim, disclosed this when the Managing Director, North East Development Commission (NEDC), Mr Mohammed Alkali visited the camp on Saturday, 18th January, 2020.
According to Ibrahim; 14 of the repentant insurgents were foreigners from Cameroon, Chad and Niger Republic. From inception we received eight hundred and ninety three (893) out of which two hundred and eighty six (286) graduated and were returned to their respective states and countries for reintegration.
He further said the personnel in the camp were working diligently with the mandate of OSC in conformity with international best practices, this programme will go a long way in restoring peace and security to the North East in particular and the country as a whole.
The scheme was in need of five Hilux vans, additional vocational center, accommodation for camp staff and clients, and prompt release of funds to run the power generator among others.
In his remarks, Alkali said the purpose of his visit was to have an on the spot appreciation of how the programme was been run. He said that; NEDC would do everything possible to guarantee that the programme succeeded by providing them with all the needed facilities.
Mr. President established this organisation and the NEDC with the consent to make sure peace came back to the region as it was before in terms of development.
He, therefore, advised the unrepentant insurgents who were still in the bushes causing mayhem to the country, to come and embrace peace and live a normal life. Alkali interacted with the repentant insurgents and also inspected the camp facilities.
According to NAN, a cross-section of the clients expressed delight on the Federal Government intervention to rehabilitate them even after collateral damages they had caused the country.