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Nigerian Military Denies Recruiting Ex-Boko Haram Insurgents

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The Defence Headquarters (DHQ), Abuja, has denied reports that it is actively recruiting ex-Boko Haram fighters into the army.

It referenced a video footage by Roots TV where one Balhatu Musa Ezekiel claimed the Nigerian Army had recruited de-radicalised Boko Haram former fighters into the Army.

It noted that Ezekiel said the ex-insurgent fighters’ recruitment in the nation’s Army is a way of “recycling insurgents”

The statement, signed by Acting Director Defence Information, Brig-Gen. Onyema Nwachukwu, reads: “The Defence Headquarters has been notified of false information peddled in some online media, insinuating that de-radicalised Boko Haram ex- fighters are being absorbed into the Nigerian military.

“One of such insinuations is contained in a trending video footage published by Roots TV, where one Balhatu Musa Ezekiel claimed the Nigeria Army had recruited de-redicalized Boko Haram Ex-fighters into the Army and was therefore recycling insurgency.

“The Defence Headquarters wishes to unambiguously state that Balhatu’s claims are not only bereft of truth, but laced with mediocrity emanating from poorly researched and uninformed position.

“Contrary to his claims, no Boko Haram ex- fighter has been recruited into the Nigerian military and no such plan is in the offing.

“The de-radicalisation, rehabilitation and reintegration program is a Federal Government programme conducted under the auspices of Operation Safe Corridor as a non- kinetic operation.

“Nigeria’s De-radicalisation model is a very effective one, targeted at low risk combatants and has become a classical example in the Lake Chad Basin Region and West Africa.

“Over 250 repentant insurgents who willingly abandoned their struggle and surrendered to federal troops have been de-radicalised, rehabilitated and re-integrated into the society by their respective state governments in conjunction with traditional and religious institutions.”

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