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Group lauds armed forces after 106,000 terrorists surrender in Northeast

The North-East Rebuilding Movement has lauded the Armed Forces of Nigeria for their non-kinetic approach to addressing security challenges in the region, as an astounding 106,000 terrorists surrendered.

The group welcomed reports of 1,935 repentant Boko Haram terrorists being reintegrated into Nigerian society after undergoing deradicalization at the Bulumkutu camp in Borno State between 2016 and 2022.

Ibrahim Goni, the Convener of the North-East Rebuilding Movement, highlighted that 67% of those who surrendered belonged to the Abubakar Shekau faction, with 1,543 terrorists graduating from Mallam Sidi Camp in Gombe State in a press statement.

Chris Gwabin Musa, the Chief of Defence Staff, noted that from July 2021 to May 4, 2022, over 51,828 terrorists and their family members surrendered, including 13,360 fighters. A total of 106,000 terrorists and their family members have surrendered in the North East.

The North-East Rebuilding Movement asserts that the non-kinetic approach is effective and encourages terrorists to embrace it for their benefit.

The group expresses confidence in the Armed Forces under Musa’s leadership, emphasizing that ongoing military operations indicate a robust response to unrepentant terrorists who choose not to lay down their arms.

According to the press release, peace and stability are crucial for socio-economic development in the North-East.

The group salutes the personnel of the Armed Forces of Nigeria for their sacrifices in the region and the country as a whole.”