At least 254 repentant Boko Haram members have been rehabilitated and reintegrated into society by the Federal Government.
This statement was made by Bamidele Shafa, the coordinator of Operation Safe Corridor, during a town hall meeting with the residents of the affected communities due to the Boko Haram menace, in Yola, the capital of Adamawa State.
The meeting was the brainchild of the Presidential Committee on the North East Initiative (PCNI) in collaboration with the Centre for Democracy and Development and was designed for the reconciliation and reintegration of repented Boko Haram members from Adamawa, Borno and Yobe states.
Shafa said, “So far, the Operation Safe Corridor has treated no fewer than 254 repented Boko Haram members.
“Out of this number, 95 were already handed over to their respective states”.
He also continued by pointing out the places of origin of the remaining 157 rehabilitated members with three persons from Adamawa, Yobe will receive seven and Borno 143. Some foreigners were amongst the members with three originating from the Republic of Chad.
They have also benefitted from skill acquisition programmes such as tailoring, carpentry and shoe-making, and were provided with funds and business equipment for their business ventures.
Shafa explained the operation Safe Corridor is in collaboration with PCNI and National Directorate for Employment where tools and other small business entrepreneur equipment for the reintegrated members are distributed.