The Nigerian Army on Friday said over a thousand of Boko Haram fighters have willingly laid down their arms and embraced the amnesty programme of the Federal Government.
The Coordinator of Operation Safe Corridor, Major General Bamidele Shafa, who made the disclosure while briefing newsmen reinstated the commitment of the government to restore total peace to the north-east region ravaged by insurgency.
According to him, the military has recorded steady progress in the war against insurgency as evidenced by the recent surrendering of hundreds of repentant insurgents numbering 586.
The repentant insurgents were later taken to the Operations Safe Corridor camp in the Malam Sidi area of the state for them to undergo de-radicalisation and re-orientation processes, as well as various vocational training and psycho-social support programmes before being re-integration into the society.
Some of the former Boko Haram members, Musa Ibrahim and Alkali Kukawa, narrated to Channels Television how the terrorists invaded their village and threatened to kill his parents should he refuse to join them.
Ibrahim said, “That how I joined but after spending years with them, we notice serious divisions among the leaders which kept us wondering if this is of God and finally when we got a window, we surrendered to the Nigerian military.”
Kukawa stated that he was captured with his son said he never participated in any terrorist attack and has been praying to be reunited with his family.
He said, “They conquered our village and forced us away.
“Since they took us away, I have been praying for deliverance and finally it came when we got the window of escape, I and my son trekked for 11 days before we could board a car that brought us to Yobe State where we surrendered to the security forces.”