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‘Surrendering Terrorists Will Be Rehabilitated’ – FG Rules Out Trial For ‘Repentant’ Boko Haram Fighters

By Agency Reports on September 26, 2014
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Boko Haram Borno Sambisa Forest
File Photo: Nigerian Troops on alert

NAN – The Federal Government has disclosed that Boko Haram fighters who surrendered their weapons will undergo rehabilitation process.

In the last few days, scores of insurgents surrendered themselves to the Nigerian troops and pleaded for mercy.

Speaking on Thursday on the fate of the insurgents that surrendered their weapons, the coordinator of National Information Centre (NIC), Mr Mike Omeri, ruled out the possibility of prosecuting them.

He said there were measures in the counter-terrorism document launched by government, assuring that it would be strictly followed.

Boko Haram fighters surrender to Nigerian Troops (Defence Headquarters Photo)
Boko Haram fighters surrender to Nigerian Troops (Defence Headquarters Photo)

His words: “Those terrorists, who surrendered their arms and embraced peace will undergo the process of de-radicalisation and rehabilitation so that they will be admitted into the society, and given the opportunity to also continue contributing their own quota to the development of this country.

“But those who insist in carrying arms against their country, against their fellow citizens will have themselves to blame.

“I want to urge citizens to be steadfast in their support to our service men and women; we are working hard, day and night, to ensure that we put terrorism behind us in Nigeria.

“The armed forces have found the winning strategies, and they will not go back in making sure the adequate security is provided, for every single Nigerian,” he assured.

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