Federal Govt to transfer 613 rehabilitated repentant terrorists to states

A total of 613 rehabilitated low-risk repentant terrorists will be transferred to their respective state governments for reintegration into society.

Chief of Defence Staff (CDS), Gen. Lucky Irabor, on Thursday, made the announcement at the fifth Stakeholders’ Meeting of Operation Safe Corridor (OPSC) in Abuja.

The CDS, represented by Maj.-Gen. Adeyemi Yekini, said the 613 clients are currently undergoing deradicalization and rehabilitation, which is being conducted by the OPSC.

He said that the meeting would exhaustively discuss the Deradicalization, Rehabilitation and Reintegration (DRR) Programme ahead of the transfer of the rehabilitated clients to their state governments.

Irabor said the OPSC was established by President Muhammadu Buhari in September 2015 as a window for willing and repentant terrorists to lay down their arms and undergo a structured DRR programme.

He added that the scheme was a multi-agency and humanitarian operation utilising the expertise of over 17 services, ministries, departments and agencies, supported by local and international organisations and friendly nations.

The CDS said the successes of OPSC had continued to resonate within the region and in the diaspora, thereby attracting the interest of researchers from far and wide.

He said: “It is also important to mention that upon graduation from the programme, each client will be provided some food and personal items, as well as a start-up pack according to the trade learnt during training to enable them to set up small businesses and start a new life.”

Irabor recommended that the receiving state governments should provide necessary support to enable the ex-combatants to wade through the transitional and most challenging phase of their lives.

“We are optimistic that working closely with local and traditional authorities, the states can deploy security apparatus at their disposal to effectively track and evaluate the re-integrated ex-combatants.

“I must emphasise that it is critical for all stakeholders involved in the reintegration processes in order to mitigate, or completely eliminate incidences of recidivism.”

 

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