Repentant Boko Haram Members Urge Colleagues To Embrace Peace, Surrender Arms
On Wednesday, some repentant Boko Haram members appealed to their colleagues still in Sambisa forest to embrace peace and lay down their arms.
Joseph David, one of the repentant Boko Haram terrorists made the appeal when the Nigerian Army presented ten of the surrendered terrorists to journalists in Maiduguri.
David, who is also known as Ibrahim Alhaji, said he chose to lay down his arms to embrace peace.
He urged his colleagues saying:
“I have chosen to lay down my arms to allow peace reign in the country.
“We have been accepted by the Nigerian Government, contrary to what we were told by the sect leaders.”
Another suspect (name withheld), also appealed to the rest of the sect members still hiding in the Sambisa forest to lay down their arms and embrace peace.
Repentant Boko Haram Members Surrender to Military
He told journalists:
“The sect leaders told us not to surrender to the government because we will be killed, but to our surprise, nothing happened to us.
“The Nigerian government has accepted us and is taking good care of us.”
Theatre Commander of Operation Lafiya Dole, Lucky Irabor, said four of the repentant Boko Haram terrorists were from Mamman Nur’s camp.
Six of them were from the Shekau faction.
Mr. Irabor further disclosed that so far, over 1,400 people had been rescued by the military during the counter-insurgency operations in the North-East.
He said the repentant sect members would undergo a deradicalisation programme to enable them become responsible citizens.
The commander said:
“We are doing our part to see that this madness is reduced to the barest minimum.”