Bill Seeking Agency For Repentant Boko Haram Members Introduced In Senate

 

A bill seeking the establishment of an agency for repentant members of the Boko Haram terrorist group has been introduced in the Senate.

It aims to create a national agency that would see to the rehabilitation, de-radicalisation, and integration of repentant insurgents in the country.

The bill was sponsored by Senator Ibrahim Gaidam during plenary on Thursday at the Upper Chamber of the National Assembly in Abuja.

It is captioned ‘National Agency for the Education, Rehabilitation, De-radicalisation and Integration of repentant insurgents in Nigeria (Est, etc) Bill, 2020 (SB. 340)’.

The bill was read for the first time in the red chamber, along with others sponsored by some senators in the chamber.

They include Federal Polytechnic Maiduguri (Est, etc) Bill, 2020 (SB. 338) by Senator Kashim Shettima, 1999 Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria (Alteration) Bill, 2020 (SB. 274) by Senator Solomon Adeola, and Metallurgy Training Institute Orumba (Est, etc) Bill, 2020 (SB. 338) by Senator Ifeanyi Ubah.

A file photo of some repentant Boko Haram members.

 

 

The sponsor of the bill, Senator Gaidam, is the lawmaker representing Yobe East District in the Senate.

He is also the immediate past governor of Yobe, one of the worst-hit states by insurgents in the north-eastern part of the country.

Other states that have suffered attacks the most in the heat of the insurgency, according to reports, are Borno and Adamawa States.

One of the worst attacks by the insurgents in Yobe, although by a factional Boko Haram group – Islamic State West Africa Province (ISWAP), was the incident in Dapchi.

The insurgents invaded the Government Girls Secondary School in Dapchi on February 19, 2018, where they abducted over 100 schoolgirls.

Weeks later, the girls returned to their families except Leah Sharibu, who was held back by the insurgents for refusing to renounce her Christian faith.

Amid various calls for her release and the government’s efforts towards ensuring that Leah regains her freedom, she marked two years on Wednesday in the custody of the insurgents.

Repentant Boko Haram Terrorist Narrates How Colleagues Cut Off His Limbs

Repentant Boko Haram Terrorist Narrates How Colleagues Cut His LimbsA 31-year-old repentant Boko Haram fighter claims he was amputated by his colleagues to whom he revealed his intention to surrender to federal troops.

The man who simply identified himself as Mohammed Abubakar told journalists in Maiduguri that he joined the militant group late 2014.

The man also claimed that he was a member of the ISIS recognized Mamman Nur faction of the Boko Haram until his surrender.

He was brought before journalists for questioning during a live press conference convened by the Theatre Commander of the Operation Lafiya Dole, Major General Lucky Irabor.

Abubakar claimed that he was forcefully recruited alongside his childhood friend at the Gamboru Ngala axis of Borno state in the wake of insurgency operations in that area.

After realising the futility of the militancy, Abubakar claimed he confided in his childhood friend and persuaded him to join him in planning an escape to surrender.

According to him, “I was betrayed by my supposed friend who leaked my plans to other fighters and on the day we planned to take off together, they found us and amputed my right hand and left leg as punishment, and left me to die.”

He survived the brutality and continued with his mission until soldiers found him and turned him over to the “Safe Corridor” officials.

While advising others to take advantage of the initiative and surrender, he confessed that many of the fighters were misled into becoming militants and also described the hardship they were going through in the trenches.

During the conference, General Irabor also revealed that a total of 3,332 civilians were arrested as BHT suspects while five BHT members surrendered to troops during operations conducted between January 11 and February 1, 2017.

Also, a total of 26 foreigners were arrested comprising 17 Chadians and nine Nigeriens.