Babagana Zulum, the governor of Borno State, has revealed that repentant terrorists returned to their gangs after spying on communities during the reintegration process.
Zulum made this known during a meeting with the North-East Governors in Bauchi on Thursday, March 4, 2021.
The governor disclosed that the ‘Operation Safe Corridor’ program initiated by the Federal Government, aimed at reintegrating repentant members into the society was not working as expected.
He alleged that some of the repentant terrorists who passed through the program go back to their members after carefully studying the various security arrangements in their host communities.
“It has been confirmed that this Safe Corridor program is not working as expected.
“Quite often, those who have passed through this initiative usually go back and rejoin the terror group after mastering the various security arrangements in their host communities, during the reintegration process.
“In addition, the host communities where the reintegration process takes place, resent the presence of these terrorists because of the atrocious activities they have committed in the past.
“So this idea of reintegration currently being implemented needs to be reviewed because the main goals and the underlying objectives behind the initiative are not being achieved,” he said.
Recall that 601 repentant Boko Haram members were in July reintegrated into their communities after they were purportedly deradicalized.
Those reintegrated include some ex-Boko Haram fighters from 14 foreign nationals including Cameroon, Chad, and Niger.
Source: Daily Post