Terror War: Theatre Command set to hand over 886 hardened Boko Haram terrorists/combatants for prosecution - NEWS FRONTIER DAILY


Monday, November 28, 2022

Terror War: Theatre Command set to hand over 886 hardened Boko Haram terrorists/combatants for prosecution

The Theater Commander, North East Joint Operation, Hadin Kai, Major General Christopher Musa had said that 
886 detainees who are hardened combatant's are awaiting transfer to Giwa Project in Kainji, Niger State for prosecution.

He also said 323 detainees were transferred to Operation Safe Corridor in Gombe state on 8 Sep 22 for the Deradicalization Demobilization and Rehabilitation programme of the federal government.  

Gen Musa who made this disclosure in Maiduguri while giving highlight on surrendered  Boko Haram Terrorits disclosed that, "Currently, the Giwa Centre has a total of 1,893 suspects in custody. 

Speaking through Colonel Obinna Azuike, the Acting Theater Intelligence Coordinator, the TC said o a total of over 82, 237 terrorist's and their families have surrendered since  July 2021.

He said, "Out of the surrendered persons, 16,577 were active male fighters, 24,499 are women while 41,161 are children. 

"Information obtained from detailed debriefings of the surrendered terrorists are being continually factored into the operations of the Theatre. Such debriefings are routinely undertaken as more fighters continue to surrender in their numbers. 

Continuing he said, "The current humanitarian situation across the holding centers have remained relatively calm since the cholera outbreak of September this year. 

"The epidemic resulted in the death of 62 men, 44 women and 96 children, bringing to a total of 202 deaths. 

"Nevertheless, the situation has since been brought under control with efforts from the State Ministry of Health and several NGOs in the state. 

"Also, the commencement of a comprehensive Disarmament, De-radicalization, Rehabilitation and Reintegration programme by the Borno State Government in conjunction with International Organizations and Op Safe Corridor will positively encourage the surrender of more persons and will be a catalyst to the ongoing peace process".

On the rescued Chibok  Girls, he said, "Troops of OPHK have within this year alone rescued 11 of the abducted 2014 GGSS Chibok girls. The First of the girls, Hauwa Joseph, was intercepted along with her child at Ngazua in Bama on 12 Jun 22 by troops of OPHK. 

"Secondly, Miss Mary Dauda was rescued along with her child at Gava in Gwoza LGA of Borno State on 14 Jun 22 by own troops.

"Similarly, on 27 Jun 22, the Third Chibok girl named Ruth Bitrus and her child escaped from Ukuba BHT camp in Sambisa and was rescued by own troops in Bama.

"On 25 Jul 22, troops also rescued 2 Chibok girls named Kauna Luka and Hanatu Musa with their children at Aulari in Bama general area. 

"Also, the Sixth Chibok girl named Aisha Grema (pregnant) with her 4 year-old child was rescued by troops in Bama on 12 Aug 22. Aisha Grema hails from Mbalala village in Chibok LGA. 

"The Seventh Chibok girl to be rescued this year was Falmata Lawal and her child who was rescued by own troops in Bama general area on 30 Aug 22. Miss Falmata Lawal hails from Chigi village in Chibok LGA.  

"On 1 Sep 22, troops also rescued Miss Asabe Ali and her child who escaped from a BHT camp in Gazuwa, Bama LGSA. 

"Also, the Ninth Chibok girl rescued was Miss Jinkai Yama along with 3 of her children in Bama on 2 Sep 22. Additionally, Miss Yana Pogu was the Tenth girl rescued along with her 4 children, while Miss Rejoice Senki was rescued with her 2 children. 

"The rescued girls were handed over to the Borno State government after comprehensive medical examination and initial provision of psycho-social support from the Theatre. 

"The statistics of the 276 abducted Chibok School girls indicates that 57 girls escaped in 2014, 107 girls released in 2018, 3 recovered in 2019, 2 recovered in 2021 and 11 girls rescued so far in 2022. 

"This brings to a total 180 Chibok girls out of captivity, remaining 96 girls still unaccounted. 

"Relatedly as at date, over 2,018 persons comprising 339 adult males, 660 adult females and 1,019 children have been rescued from terrorist captivity within the year. The Theatre Command OPHK will continue in its quest to rescue other persons held in captivity across the JOE. 

"Additionally, the Centre is currently partnering with the Lake Chad Basin Support Programme to establish a database for the preservation of battlefield evidence, forensic investigations, and capacity building for personnel. 

"This would address the inherent challenges associated with the prosecution of suspected terrorists. 

"Also, the Centre has introduced basic education and skill acquisition programmes for minors and adult detainees in a bid to keep them engaged, useful and valued. 

"Physical training exercises and the ability to re-establish and restore family links with their loved ones is also being conducted in the Centre in conjunction with the ICRC.  

"These developments have yielded very positive results among the suspects and equally attracted commendations from other partnering organizations."

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