MNJTF hands over 46 repentant Boko Haram to Chadian authority - NEWS FRONTIER DAILY


Sunday, August 27, 2023

MNJTF hands over 46 repentant Boko Haram to Chadian authority

The Multinational Joint Task Force (MNJTF) on Saturday took a significant stride towards long-term peace in the region, with Sector 2 MNJTF Commander, Major General Djouma Youssouf Mahamat Itno, handing over 46 repentant Boko Haram members to Chadian authorities at Bagasola..

The Minister of Public Service and Social Dialogue, Hon. Abdoulaye Mbodou Mbami, accepted the reformed insurgents on behalf of the Chadian government. 

Spokesman of MNJTF, Lt. Col Abubakar Abdullahi said  the handover "is part of a broader effort, spearheaded by MNJTF and regional authorities, to encourage all insurgents to lay down arms, repent, and contribute positively to societal growth".

Major General Itno in remarks, urged the remaining Boko Haram factions to follow the lead of their 46 compatriots and accept lasting peace. 

He further emphasized the crucial role of community leaders in raising awareness in order to counter and mitigate the violent extremism that fuels the insurgent ideology.

He said, "The time is ripe for peace. And it begins with recognizing that we are stronger together. 

"We implore community leaders to play their parts in driving this awareness. 

"Together, we can root out the extremist ideologies and work towards lasting peace and stability."

The significant event was witnessed by several prominent dignitaries, including the Governor of Lac province, General Djibrine Ratou, the Prefect of the Department of Kaya, Hassane Abderamane, and traditional rulers.

"This hallmark handover signifies a potential turning point in the ongoing efforts to root out violent extremism from the region.

"It underlines the MNJTF's unyielding determination to ensure long-lasting tranquility."

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