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FG rehabilitates 22 female bombers, 47 dump B’Haram

Femi Adesina

The Head of the Countering Violent Extremism Department
in the Office of the National Security Adviser, Dr. Fatima
Akilu, told President Muhammadu Buhari on Tuesday that
no fewer than 22 women and girls recruited as suicide
bombers by members of the Boko Haram sect are now
undergoing rehabilitation under the programme.

She said the female trained as suicide bombers by the sect
were being rehabilitated after voluntarily embracing the
agency’s de-radicalisation programme.

A statement by the Special Adviser to the President on
Media and Publicity, Mr. Femi Adesina, quoted Akilu as
speaking during a meeting she had with Buhari at the
Presidential Villa, Abuja, to brief him of the department’s

One of the objectives of the CVE is to reform terrorists and
prevent others from joining terrorist organisations and
violent sects.

Akilu told the President that the programme’s non-military
approach was running concurrently with the armed
onslaught against insurgents in the country.
She said so far, the CVE had rehabilitated no fewer than 305
victims of terrorism rescued from the Sambisa Forest by
the Nigerian military.

She told the President that a National Security Corridor
Programme had been created to provide a safe route for
those who wish to dump their membership of Boko Haram
voluntarily and that 47 erstwhile members of the group had
embraced the programme.

Buhari applauded steps being taken by the Office of the
NSA and other agencies of government to rehabilitate
victims of terrorism and violent extremism in Nigeria.

He promised that the Federal Government would continue to
do its best to ensure that victims of Boko Haram’s
atrocities receive necessary support, even as it strives to rid
the country of terrorism and insurgency in the shortest
possible time.

Meanwhile, governors of north-eastern states on Tuesday
suggested a tripartite approach to handling victims of the
Boko Haram insurgency.

The governors rose from an emergency meeting held at the
Bauchi State Governor’s Lodge, Asokoro, Abuja, to request
that the Federal Government and the nation’s development
partners expedite action towards the resettlement and
reintegration of victims of the insurgency.

Speaking on behalf of his colleagues after the meeting, the
Governor of Gombe State, Alhaji Ibrahim Dankwambo, said,
“We agreed that the North-East Regional Development Plan
Committee should liaise with DFID to establish an
institutional frame work for the region.”

The governors suggested that apart from what the various
state governments were doing on their own for themselves
and the assistance they were rendering to one another, it
would help for the Federal Government and development
partners to increase their tempo of activities.

Dankwambo further explained that he and his colleagues
approved that the regional committee should engage and
explore areas of cooperation with international development
partners and governors of the six states in the zone.

The governors had also received the report of the North-
East Transformation Strategy, tagged; “Development
Agenda” which is a follow-up to the last year’s North-East
Economic Forum.

They also approved the setting up of a secretariat in Bauchi
State and a liaison office in Abuja.

The governors, who announced plans to see the President
on the matter soon, also appealed to the Federal
Government to accord the challenges facing the North-East
top priority in order to restore the region’s economy which
has been ravaged by the activities of the insurgents.

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