Not less than 132 repentant Boko Haram sect members were on Sunday 7th Oct. 2019, reintegrated into their communities by the Borno State Government.
Recall that in July 2019, 151 repentant Boko Haram terrorists were reintegrated into their communities in Borno state and about 11 months ago the second batch of ex Boko Haram terrorists numbering 155, were released in Gombe after the first batch numbering 95 were released in February, having completed their rehabilitation programs.
According to NAN, Hajiya Zuwaira Gambo, Commissioner for Women Affairs and Social Development, disclosed this at a handing over ceremony of some rehabilitated Boko Haram members in Maiduguri.
Gambo said that the Ex Boko Haram members were released to their families and local government officials after completing 12 months skills acquisition and rehabilitation training at the Bulumkutu Rehabilitation Transit Center.
She said that the training exercise was designed to equip the beneficiaries with relevant skills that would enable them generate income, be self reliant and add value in their society.
She explained that sewing machines, barbing kits, shoe making kits, and money was given to the beneficiaries as resettlement package.
Bashir Ahmed, one of the beneficiaries, thanked the state government for the empowerment programme, describing it as a life changer.
“We are grateful to the Borno state government and other organisations like International Organisation for Migration and other humanitarian agencies.
”We remain grateful for the reintegration and rehabilitation programme aimed at supporting ex-insurgents to become meaningful citizens,” he said.