Defence Chief speaks on plan to absorb repentant Boko Haram fighters into the Nigerian Military

General Lucky Irabor, the Chief of Defence Staff has said there is no plan to recruit any repentant Boko Haram fighter into the Nigerian Military or any other security agencies in Nigeria.

Irabor said this is contrary to speculations ongoing.

He added that over 1,000 former Boko Haram fighters can never be recruited due to stringent safeguards in place in the various security agencies.

The Defence Chief disclosed this at the opening ceremony of the Operation Safe Corridor stakeholders’ meeting held at the Defence Headquarters, Abuja.

Defence Chief speaks on plan to absorb repentant Boko Haram fighters into the Nigerian Military_

The event was meant to work out modalities for transferring rehabilitated clients to their state governments.

According to Irabor who was represented by the Chief of Defence Logistics, Major General Adeyemi Yekini, no fewer than 1000 clients including 16 foreign nationals have graduated from the Deradicalisation, Rehabilitation and Reintegration programme of OPSC and have been reintegrated.

He noted that a total of 559 new clients were currently going through the DRR programme in Gombe State.

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