602 repentant Boko Haram members have denounced their membership of the Boko Haram terrorist group.
They swore an oath of solidarity to the Federal Republic of Nigeria on Monday, 13th of July 2020.
The former insurgents, who have completed a de-radicalization, rehabilitation and reintegration program organized by Operation Safe Corridor.
602 of them denounced their membership of the group at the Malam Sidi Camp in Kwami Local Government Area of Gombe State.
They appeared before an 11-man Quasi-Judicial Panel headed by Justice Nehizena Afolabi, of the Federal High Court, Gombe.
Maj. Gen. Bamidele Shafa, Coordinator of Operation Safe Corridor, said the appearance of the repentant insurgents before the judicial panel was a significant condition before their reintegration into the society.
“The panel is for the clients to appear before it to confess their pasts and denounce their membership of Boko Haram, Islamic State’s West Africa Province (ISWAP) as the case may be and swear Oath of Allegiance to be loyal, discipline and obedient citizens of the Federal Republic of Nigeria and then make the commitment,” Shafa said.
The commitment is that at the end of the programme, where they commit any offence, they stand to forfeit all privileges that they have acquired today and will be liable of offence against the State,” he continued.
The Borno State Commissioner of Women Affairs and Social Development, Zuwaira Gambo, said the state government already has an arrangement ready that maintains the process of reintegration for the contrite sect members.
“We will provide them with psycho-social supports; continue with religious admonition in order to make them good citizens of the country,” the commissioner said.
“We will also give them starter packs to help them practice the skills that had been acquired in the camp here,” Gambo said
She further revealed that all the repentant members that were reintegrated into the society are doing well.
According to her, “one of them makes N250, 000 from barbing on a monthly basis and has employed many youths into his barbershop.