BEVERLY HILLS, October 11, (THEWILL) – The Nigerian Security and Civil Defence Corps (NSCDC) in Borno says about 40 Boko Haram insurgents have indicated willingness to surrender to the Corps in the state.
This was disclosed by the Commandant of the corps in the state, Ibrahim Abdullahi, in an interview with NAN on Wednesday in Maiduguri.
Abdullahi said that the insurgents had indicated their intention to renounce membership of the terrorist group but through an intermediary.
He said that negotiations between the command and the insurgents were conducted through a firewood vendor adding that six insurgents had earlier surrendered to the Corps in the last one month in the state.
“About 40 of the insurgents have come forward to surrender. They indicated that many of them are willing to lay down their arms,” Abdullahi said.
The commandant stated that the extremists surrendered voluntarily under the Federal Government’s Safe Corridor Initiative(SCI).
Hundreds of the insurgents had surrendered to the Nigerian Army under the SCI in the past three months and are currently undergoing De-radicalisation process at the Military Rehabilitation Centre, Gombe.
According to him, the command has also conducted town hall meetings with communities and religious leaders to enhance security in the state.