The Chief of Defence Staff (CDS), General Lucky Irabor, has said that between July 2021 and May 2022, a total of 51,828 Boko Haram terrorists and members of their families turned themselves in to the Federal Government of Nigeria.
Irabor disclosed this while delivering a lecture titled “National Defence Policy and Transitional Justice Approach in the War Against Insurgency in Nigeria” at the 7th Founders’ Day of the Edo State University, Uzairue, in Etsako West local government area on Saturday.
In addition, the CDS reported that between 2016 and 2022, 1,543 Boko Haram militants who had turned to God had graduated from the Mallam Sidi camp in Gombe.
Irabor said, “between July 2021 to May 2022 alone, no fewer than 51,828 Boko haram and their family members have surrendered, out of which 13,360 are fighters.”
“The programme [which is known as Operation Safe Corridor] offers numerous opportunities, and participants are scheduled for vocational training to ease their reintegration into society,” he stressed.
However, President Muhammadu Buhari’s administration has been fighting the Boko Haram insurgency for the past eight years.
Buhari’s government has recorded a significant victory over the terrorists, as many have surrendered to the government.