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Life skills for surrendering Boko Haram members

01 November 2016, 12:07

Abuja - Hundreds of Boko Haram members that have surrendered to the Multinational Joint Task Force (MNJTF) are set to receive empowerment skills from government and non-governmental organizations.

Some 240 terrorists were reported to have decamped from the Islamic militant sect in Bagasola, Chad on Monday, bringing to 464 the number of sect members that have surrendered in recent weeks.

MNJTF leaders said the former insurgents were expected to receive training in different skills and small businesses as scheduled by government agencies and some NGOs.

MNJTF Commander, Maj. Gen. Lamidi Adeosun, said the military had handled the mass surrender professionally.

“This peaceful disarming and profiling of the ex-BHT by the MNJTF forces clearly demonstrated extent of professionalism and adherence to international humanitarian laws and laws of armed conflict in combat operations.”

Also readAt least 5 soldiers, 3 vigilantes, a civilian killed by Boko Haram

Adeosun donated token cash for purchase of two cows and ten bags of assorted foodstuff for the welfare and upkeep of the ex-Boko Haram terrorists and their families.

The gesture by MNJTF, government and NGOs follow recommendations that surrendering Boko Haram terrorist be reformed than punished as a way of thwarting terror.

MNJTF is a combined multinational formation, comprising units, mostly military, from Benin, Cameroon, Chad, Niger, and Nigeria.

With a force of 7 500-10 000 officers, it is headquartered in Chad and is mandated to bring an end to the Boko Haram insurgency.

– CAJ News

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