Arrangements have been completed for the deployment of 800 repentant Boko Haram members to Gombe state for rehabilitation and onward integration back into the society. Brigadier General Bamidele Shafa, Coordinator, Operation Safe Corridor, the Federal Government programme for the rehabilitation of repentant Boko Haram militants spoke in Gombe when the Director General of National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA), Mallam Muhammed Sani Sidi visited the camp on Monday to supply food items.
General Shafa said the operation was not an entirely military as there are 14 other government agencies, and Non-Governmental Organisations involved in it. He said the operation was humanitarian but being led by the military at the moment because “operations in the north-east of Nigeria are largely handled by the military.”
“I want to believe that as soon as the military operations are wind down, Operation Safe Corridor could be ceded to civil authority which by constitution is supposed to handle such operation,” he added.