FROM DHQ: 8000 Boko Haram Suspects Have Surrendered

The Defence Headquarters ( DHQ ) , Tuesday disclosed that about 8, 000 Boko Haram suspects , have since surrendered to the Operation Safe Corridor , an initiative by the Nigerian Military designed to receive repentant fighters .

The Acting Director of Defence Information (DDI ), Brig. Gen . Rabe Abubakar, who made the disclosure in Abuja, stated that the repentant suspects were being kept in a camp in Gombe State, where they are expected to undergo a process of de -radicalisation .
This was as the DDI further disclosed that troops involved in the counter-insurgency and counter- terrorism operation in the North East, had rescued over 10 , 000 hostages that were held by Boko Haram.

Abubakar said, while some of those rescued have since been reunited with their loved ones , others were taken to Internally Displaced Persons (IDP) camps, set up by the Federal Government , to cushion the pain of displacement .
While reiterating the military ’s earlier position , that the sect has been largely decimated , as it can hardly carry out large - scale attacks , the Defence spokesman said government’ s preoccupation now , was how to reconstruct communities destroyed in the wake of insurgency , and the return of displaced persons .
On the recent decision of the Nigerian Army , to declare a journalist and two others wanted in connection with alleged Boko Haram links , Abubakar assured that no journalist will be victimised or treated unjustly .
He, however , advised the media against being sentimental .

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