Following apprehensions among Nigerians that some repentant members of Boko Haram may have found their way into the military and para-military services, the Chief of Defence Staff, Gen Lucky Irabor, has said no insurgent was ever recruited into the armed forces or other services.
Speaking at the opening ceremony of Operation Safe Corridor/ stakeholders meeting to work out modalities for transfering 559 ‘rehabilitated clients’ to their state governments, the CDS said: “There have been concerns that Operation Safe Corridor graduates are being recruited by the military and Para-military agencies.
“I wish to clearly dispute this assertion and reassure Nigerians that none of the over 1,000 rehabilitated Nigerians from OPSC DRR have been recruited and will never be recruited into the Nigerian Military or sister security services due to stringent safeguards in place to prevent such recruitment.’’
Gen Irabor, who was represented by Major Gen Mutiu Adeyemi Yekini, the Chief of Defence Training and Operations, said further: “The programme has so far graduated over 1,000 clients, including 16 foreign nationals, who have been successfully reintegrated by their national and state governments.
“A total of 559 new clients are currently going through the DRR Program at the DRR Camp in Gombe State.’’
Emphasizing that Operation Safe Corridor, OPSC, was not a purely military operation, as some had suggested, the CDS said: “The OPSC is a peace building effort and its essential duties are carried out by relevant MDAs with the necessary expertise.
“The military and other security and law enforcement agencies are involved to the extent of creating an enabling environment and leadership for the DRR Programme to function efficiently.
“This is yet another session, and my conviction is that all issues related to the effective transfer and eventual reintegration of the 559 clients currently undergoing de-radicalization/rehabilitation will be addressed.