• Warns reluctant terrorists to either surrender or be crushed
By Senator Iroegbu in Abuja (ThisDay)
In an apparent offer of amnesty, the Defence Headquarters (DHQ) on Tuesday said it had established a rehabilitation camp for repentant members of the terrorist group, Boko Haram, who laydown their arms and seek rehabilitation and integration into the society.
The Director of Defence Information (DDI), Brig-Gen. Rabe Abubakar, in a statement yesterday, said the camp, a component of a military exercise code named Operation Safe Corridor, was in line with the federal government’s commitment to the war against insurgency in the North-east and in furtherance of its efforts to rehabilitate and reintegrate Boko Haram terrorists who embrace peace.
According to Abubakar, who said details about the camp would be disclosed at a later date, the repentant terrorists in the camp would be taken through various vocational training so that they could be useful to themselves and be empowered to contribute meaningfully to the economic growth of their fatherland.
He said: “The DHQ, therefore, wishes to appeal to other recalcitrant terrorist members that are still carrying arms against their fellow citizens in our nation to repent today and benefit from numerous opportunities offered by the camp.
“The DHQ wishes to state further that the final onslaught against the remnant group of the terrorists would continue unabated and would not relent until the power of evil forces in the North-east is completely neutralised”.
The Defence spokesman, however, warned other Boko Haram members who are reluctant to lay down their arms to do so or face the music in an impending mop-up military operation.
He urged members of the public to be extra vigilant and report any unusual persons, objects and movement to the security agencies.