No Plan To Reintegrate Repentant B/Haram Fighters Into Borno Communities – Borno Govt

Borno State government has said the repentant Boko Haram fighters in Borno State may not be reintegrated into their home communities soon.

According to the state’s Commissioner for Reconstruction, Rehabilitation and Resettlement, Mustapha Gubio, the state government and the United Nations Development Programme are still developing the best plan for reintegrating them permanently into their home communities.

For about two years now since the insurgents began to surrender voluntarily and the state government expressed the idea of resetting them in their home communities, there have raging fears of reprisals and other forms of retributive justice from communities members whose relatives were killed by the now repentant fighters.

Many communities offended by the ex-combatants, especially Bama, where the ex-combatants butchered over 200 people in one day, have expressed their no-forgiveness stance for the ex-combatants.

The exact population of the repentant ex-combatants cannot be determined as, according to government and military sources, are still surrendering in substantial numbers daily.

The repentant combatants and their families are currently in the highly secured custody of the Borno State government.

“Other insurgents, especially women and children, are being released for rehabilitation and reintegration in their home communities after discussions with the respective communities,” Engr Gubio disclosed.

“The repentant fighters will, however, not be released now until the government and UNDP develop a plan of their proper resettlement and rehabilitation in the communities to avoid reprisal attempts by the offended communities,” he said.

“The state government and UNDP are still discussing the best plan for the fighters,” the Borno RRR commissioner said, stressing, “I cannot tell you when they will conclude their discussion.”

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