Coordinator of Operation Safe Corridor, Major General Bamidele Shafa, on Saturday announced the graduation of 601 de-radicalised former Boko Haram combatants.
The event was held at the DRR camp, Mallam Sidi, Gombe State.
The 601 graduates of the batch 4 client which arrived in 2 chalk on 27 November and 14 December 2019, 592 are Nigerians from 10 states, while 14 are foreign Nationals from Cameroon, Chad and Niger.
Three were said to have died of health complications, and one was referred for further medical treatment at the Neuro-psychiatric Hospital in Maiduguri.
Shafa said another one was withdrawn on disciplinary ground and transferred for re-categorization and prosecution.
“On arrival at the camp, the clients went through documentation processes to obtain vital background information after which they were subjected to comprehensive medical screening to determine their health status .
“Their DNA samples were also collected while their biometrics were captured on National Data using the National Identity Management Commission, (NIMC) facilities for future references.
“The background information serves as guide for the experts; Local Treatment Team (LTT) to properly place the clients for treatment therapies and vocational training. The LTT are specialised experts in various fields of de-radicalisation and rehabilitation therapies drawn from the Nigerian Correctional Service” Shafa added.
In his speech, Chief of Defence Staff and Chairman of Operation Safe Corridor, General A G Olonisakin on said: “As these clients are being reintegrated, let me seize this opportunity to advise members of Boko Haram and Islamic State of West Africa Province, ISWAP, still lurking around in the bushes to lay down their arms, embrace peace and join the re-radicalization, rehabilitation and reintegration programme in their own interest.
“To this end, the armed forces in Nigeria and other security agencies operating in the North East will provide safe passage for you to lay down your arms for good.
“I have observed a steady progress of the scheme and no doubt it is a working strategy complementing other efforts of the Federal government to restore peace in the North East.