At least 800 repentant members of the Islamic sect, Boko Haram, have been introduced to vocational skills’ training under the supervision of the office of the Chief of Defence Staff, the Director-General of the National Emergency Management Agency, Alhaji Sani Sidi, said on Monday in Abuja.
Speaking at a two-day Public Hearing on the North East Development Commission Bill, 2016, Sidi stated that the programme under which repentant Boko Haram insurgents are being rehabilitated tagged: “Safe Corridor Initiative”, was conceived purposely to provide a leeway for them to turn a new leaf.
Although, Sidi did not say where the exercise is currently taking place, but he said, “It is not correct that the Federal Government does not have a plan for repentant sect members. The federal government has set up the safe corridor programme. I do know that over 800 sect members have been registered in it.
“They have exited the Boko Haram group through the programme in line with the International best practice. They are currently receiving various skills acquisitions programme, which is being handled by the military.”
Meanwhile, a former member of the House of Representatives, Hon. Kaka Kyari Gujbawu, had in his presentation at the event said that the NEDC Bill should include amnesty for repentant Boko Haram insurgents because most of the insurgents were conscripted and forced to fight along Boko Haram members.