Zulum: No more 'space' for repentant Boko Haram members

Governor Babagana Zulum

Governor Babagana Zulum of Borno State

By Yakubu Uba

Borno governor, Babagana Zulum said there was currently a challenge of lack of space to accommodate members of insurgent group, Boko Haram who have been surrendering alongside members of their family to troops in the state.

Zulum said who said this while inaugurating a committee on the repatriation of Borno citizens living in Chad, Niger and Cameroon on Monday at the Government House, Maiduguri, the State capital noted that all the three camps provided for repentant Boko Haram members had been filled to capacity.

The committee chaired by the State Deputy Governor, Alhaji Umar Kadafur, would also manage repentant insurgents, particularly how they are to come out of the bush, their rehabilitation and reintegration into society.

He added that proper handling of the task would lead to the increased surrender of remnants of the insurgents and bring peace to Borno for the needed development.

According to Governor Zulum, the Federal Government had constituted a similar committee on the repatriation of victims of insurgency taking refuge in neighbouring countries.

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He said his government had discussed with Theatre Commander of Operation Hadin Kai, on the need to have bigger camps.

While reiterating the commitment of the state to fund the activities of the committee, Zulum said it should also look for another source of funding from public and private organisations.

Zulum explained that a few months ago, the state secured 15 million Euros as support from Germany and was being managed by United Nations Development Programme (UNDP).

The Co-chairman, Mr Kaka Shehu, who thanked the governor for the confidence reposed in them, assured the government and people of Borno of their commitment to delivering.

Shehu said the committee would work in close synergy with its Federal Government counterpart for maximum results.


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