Lay down down arms, embrace peace, Military warns Boko Haram, ISWAP

Military graduates 601 repentant Boko Haram terrorists.

The Chief of Defence Staff and Chairman of Operation Safe Corridor, General Abayomi Olonisakin yesterday has advised members of the terror sect Boko Haram and the Islamic State of West Africa (ISWAP) to submit to authorities and embrace peace in their own interest.

Olonisakin who spoke at the graduation of 601 BH/ISWAP ex-combatants in Gombe, stared the armed forces and other security agencies operating in the North East willingness to provide safe passage for the insurgents to lay down their arms.

The CDS who was represented at the ceremony by the Director of Education, Defence Headquarters, Rear Admiral V C Okeke, said the de-radicalization scheme was working well, “complementing other efforts of the Federal government to restore peace in the North East.

“As these clients are being reintegrated, let me seize this opportunity to advise members of Boko Haram and Islamic State of West Africa Province, ISWAP, still lurking around in the bushes to lay down their arms, embrace peace and join the re-radicalization, rehabilitation and reintegration programme in their own interest,” he said.

He described Saturday’s graduation of the 601 ex-terrorists as the largest since the commencement of Operation Safe Corridor in 2016.

He added that since the commencement of the programme in 2016, there have been no negative report concerning any of the alumni

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