Thursday, April 7, 2016

800 Boko Haram fighters surrender to Nigerian military

At least 800 members of the violent Islamic sect, Boko Haram have reportedly surrendered to the military in the last three weeks, the Defence Headquarters said.

The Acting Director, Defence Information, Brig. Gen. Rabe Abubakar, who made this disclosure to Punch, in Abuja on Wednesday noted that 800 of the insurgents dropped arms in the last three weeks.

He said, “I can confirm that about 800 of the Boko Haram members have surrendered to the military.”

This development is coming barely 24 hours after the Defence Headquarters announced the establishment of a rehabilitation camp for repentant Boko Haram members.

The DHQ had in a statement on Tuesday stated that the rehabilitation camp was being established under Operation Safe Corridor, which was created as a platform to rehabilitate and integrate repentant members of the sect to the society.

He added that the insurgents would be made to go through various vocational trainings under the programme and empowered for reintegration into the society.

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