By: Joy Odor/Abuja
The Coordinator, Defence Media Operations, Major General John Enenche has confirmed that in the North-East, 602 repentant Boko Haram members have swore Oath of Allegiance to the Federal Republic of Nigeria. under the Operation SAFE CORRIDOR.
He made the confirmation during the regular weekly briefing at the Defence Headquarters Abuja to acquaint the general public on its progress.
According to him, the ex-insurgents who have completed de-radicalization, rehabilitation and re-integration programme at Malam Sidi Camp took the Oath before 11 member quasi-judicial panel.
Maj Gen. Enenche was of the opinion that the reason behind the Oath of Allegiance is to emphasize their loyalty, discipline and obedience to the Federal Republic of Nigeria and thereby making a commitment.
He said the implication is that, at the end of the programme, if they commit any offence, they stand to forfeit all privileges and will be liable for offence against the State.
“It is heartwarming to state that Operation SAFE CORRIDOR has successfully coordinated the DRR programme for 882 ex Boko Haram members including the 280 earlier graduated.
“Thus, the message here is clear to others out there; surrender and be profiled accordingly for the DRR privilege.” Maj Gen Enenche said.
Speaking on the North-Central zone, the Defence Media Coordinator opined that as part of Civil-Military Cooperation (CIMIC) activities, Operations SAFE HAVEN and WHIRL STROKE has provided borehole to a Fulani community at Miyangu and construction of school in Pashu community of Plateau State.
He also said the Operation WHIRL STROKEdrilled three new boreholes at Guma LGA of Benue State.
Gen. Enench explained from the foregoing, peace is gradually returning to the troubled locations in the North-Central zone of the country, while the confidence of the local populace is being enhanced.
He maintained tha farmers are gradually returning to their farms as a result of troops’ patrols in the hinterlands to deny armed herdsmen, rustlers and other criminals, freedom of action.
“In addition, the ongoing CIMIC activities is fostering the much desired Civil-Military Cooperation between troops and the local populace” he said.