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601 ex-terrorists received N20,000 each after graduation

The beginner’s packs were provided to the said repentant terrorists by the North East Development Commission and the International Organisation for Migration.

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Terrorists who’re being rejoined into society were said to be given N20,000 stipends and a few basic tools to practise their respective professions.

Babakura Jatau, the Borno State Commissioner for Information, stated this during a talk with Sunday PUNCH.

Jatau stated on Sunday 26 July 2020 that the stipend and the beginner’s packs were provided to the said repentant terrorists by the North East Development Commission and the International Organisation for Migration.

Scannew24 understands that Jatau refuted the news that the state authorities was providing every of the beneficiaries a hundred thousand (N100,000).

The commissioner noted only approximately 10 per cent of the 601 former fighters were truly Boko Haram members whereas the remaining had been those that had been kidnapped and have become accomplices.

The commissioner stated, “They are 601 of them and the question of government giving them N100,000 each does not arise. What happened is that the North East Development Commission gave them starter packs. Some of them trained as barbers so they were given clippers and generators and then given N20,000 cash and their shops will be paid for.

“What the government will do is that they will be brought to Borno State from Gombe and they will be housed in two orientation camps where there are facilities for training and for them to practise whatever they were taught in Gombe.

The Defence Headquarters earlier on Saturday declared openly the reintegration of 601 repentant militants, comprising 14 foreign nationals from Cameroon, Chad, and Niger into their various communities through their respective national and state authorities.

Major General Bamidele Shafa, who is the Coordinator of Operation Safe Corridor, divulged at the DRR Camp in Mallam Sidi, Gombe State on Saturday.

Mike Ejiofor, a former Director of the Department of State Services, however, confided to PUNCH that the decision to reintegrate the graduated insurgents was ill-timed.

Ejiofor explained that Nigeria’s ability to manage and utilise data was not adequate.

He stated, “It is an unfortunate decision as far as I am concerned and it is not welcome at all. If you are taking their DNA, that is not enough because do we even have data? It will increase crime rate and banditry in that area. The government should have thought this through and not reintegrate them into society just like that. It is not a welcome development.”

SOURCE: Scannews24.com
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