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Boko Haram members quit terror group

01 July 2015, 09:39 Augustine Osayande

Abuja - The Countering Violent Extremism (CVE) Department of the Office of the National Security Adviser (ONSA) said more than 40 people had voluntarily quit the Boko Haram group and undergoing rehabilitation at the centre.

Head of the CVE Department, Dr Fatima Akilu, said 47 erstwhile members of the group had embraced a programme the department had created to provide a safe route for those who wished to leave Boko Haram voluntarily.

Akilu also said that no fewer than 22 women and girls, recruited as suicide bombers by Boko Haram are now undergoing rehabilitation by the CVE after voluntarily embracing its de-radicalization programme.

She disclosed the breakthroughs after meeting President Muhammadu Buhari in Abuja.

Also Read: Update: Five dead in suicide blast at leprosy hospital

Meanwhile, Buhari assured that the Federal Government would ensure victims of Boko Haram's atrocities receive necessary support.

He maintained after receiving a briefing on the work of the CVE Department of the Office of the National Security Adviser (ONSA).

He applauded steps being taken by the ONSA and other agencies of government to rehabilitate victims of terrorism and violent extremism in Nigeria.

Akilu informed the President that the non-military approach was running concurrently with the armed onslaught against insurgents in the country.

- CAJ News


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