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.”
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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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- CAJ News