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Surrender now to be re-oriented, Army tells insurgents

The Nigerian Army has called on insurgents in the North-East to surrender so that they can undergo reorientation like others who have done the same.

The call is coming as the military intensified its onslaught on the insurgents after the governments of Zamfara and Kastina disconnect access to phone networks.

Speaking in a media interview in Maiduguri, the Borno State capital, the Theatre Commander of Operations Hadin Kai (OPHK), Maj. Gen. Christopher Musa, urged the Boko Haram members, who are yet to surrender not to allow other recalcitrant members to deceive them.

According to him; “Those that surrendered recently are currently undergoing re-orientation under the Nigerian Army and I am calling on those that are yet to surrender, to follow suit.

“We are not going to release them into their various communities until they have gone for re-orientation under the Nigerian Army as well as fully screened,” he said.

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He explained that: “So far, we released 500 to Borno State Government in July 2021,? pointing out that before their release, they were given vocational training to be self-reliant.

“We are not going to release them into their various communities until they have gone for re-orientation under the Nigerian Army as well as fully screened,” he said.

Musa further explained that some of them are innocent but were forcefully conscripted into the terror group.

Speaking on the closure of Damboa, Damaturu and Gamboru Ngala roads, he said the roads were being opened.

“We have started reopening the roads and the new arrangement now is that every day; our troops will escort the travellers using the road in order to ensure they reach their various destinations safely.“

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