The National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA) has on behalf of the Federal Government presented relief items to a group of 800 former Boko Haram members who recently denounced their ‘allegiance’ to the death cult.
Leading a team of officials during the presentation of the relief materials – food and non-food items – to the repentant insurgents, the Director General of NEMA, Muhammad Sani Sidi, assured that such handouts would be given every three months.
Sidi, in a statement signed by the spokesman of NEMA, Sani Datti, said the items comprised 410 bags of rice, 400 bags of beans, 200 bags of millet, 200 bags of sorghum, 750 cartons of spaghetti, 50 cartons of Maggi cubes and 810 cartons tomato paste. Others are 101 Vegetable oil in 20 liter kegs, 101 palm oil in 20 liter kegs, 50 bags of salt, 100 bags of sugar, 420 cartons of milk and 420 cartons of milo chocolate.
“The non food items include; 800 pieces of mattress, 500 hundred pieces of blanket, 500 pieces of nylon mats, 1000 plastic buckets, 1000 plastic spoons, 1000 plastic cups 1000, plastics plates, 1000 plastic pairs of slippers, 2000 men’s wear, 63 cartons of bath soap and 1000 bath towels,” the statement said.
“The food and non-food items was presented to the military for Operation Safe Corridor Programme meant to de-radicalize, rehabilitate and re-integrate eight hundred (800) repented and surrendered Boko Haram insurgents to fast track peace process in the North east.”
The repentant militants are currently camped at a military-controlled facility known as Safe Corridor in Gombe State.
At the camp, the former militants of the ferocious Islamic death cult, would undergo a de-radicalisation process, which would prepare them to go back to their various communities.