Military confirms killing of ‘Yellow’, most wanted bandit leader

Military confirms killing of ‘Yellow’, most wanted bandit leader

By Kingsley Omonobi – Abuja

Military authorities on Thursday confirmed that some of the wished and infamous bandit chief, liable for working a number of bandit camps in Zamfara, Katsina and Kaduna state, ‘Yellow’ has been killed following Nigerian Airforce airstrikes in Katsina and Zamfara states which killed scores of the bandits final weekend.

An octogenarian sufferer of Yellow’s gang who was held captive for 62 days within the bandit’s camp (identify withheld) informed troops who carried out land operations to rescue kidnapped individuals within the camp that Yellow was killed together with a number of different bandits’ commanders.

This is simply because the Coordinator, Defence Media Operations; Major General John Enenche disclosed that because the inception of Operation Safe Corridor in 2016 for repentant Boko Haram terrorists, 893 ex-combatants have been admitted for the Programme out of which 280 together with two Chadians have been efficiently reintegrated again into the society by their respective nationwide and state authorities.

“Presently, there are 603 of them undergoing the DRR Programme and would be graduating by July 2020”, he stated.

Noting that opposite to what many are pondering, that Operation Safe is a hit story as feedbacks from these reintegrated are optimistic.

Enenche stated, “The idea of Operation Safe Corridor (OPSC) is that of a singular non-kinetic operation geared toward giving hope to ex-combatants who willingly hand over their arms to embrace peace.

“It is a Defence Headquarters (DHQ)-led multi-agency humanitarian effort primarily based on De-radicalization, Rehabilitation and Re-Integration (DRR) of ex-combatant Boko Haram members that willingly give up, which was established in September 2015 and have become operational in 2016.

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“Operation Safe Corridor (OPSC) is guided by amongst different provisions such as International Humanitarian and Human Rights Laws.

“It is being administered by 468 workers drawn from 17 organisations together with the Armed Forces of Nigeria (AFN), Law Enforcement and Security Agencies, different Federal Government Ministries, Departments and Agencies (MDAs) together with North East Development Commission (NEDC) in addition to locals from Gombe, the place the DRR camp is positioned.

“The scheme additionally enjoys widespread collaboration and help of native and worldwide NGOs.

He listed the important thing implementation companions as, United Nations International Children Emergency Fund (UNICEF), International Organization for Migration (IOM) and the United States Agency for International Development (USAID).

Others are the Department for International Development (DFID)  Centre for Democracy and Development (CDD), and the North-East Regional Initiative (NERI).

Pointing out that de-radicalisation is the primary stage of the programme after medical screening together with taking of DNA pattern is performed, the Coordinator stated, “It covers; psychotherapy, psycho-spiritual counseling, drug abuse intervention, artwork remedy, sports activities/recreation and introduction to western schooling to counter the BHT ideology.

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“The rehabilitation bundle of the programme embrace; coaching in barbing, carpentry, cosmetology, farming, leatherworks, shoemaking, tailoring and welding.  They can be issued with starter packs (fundamental instruments) and supplied with take-off funds.

He stated the reintegration side of the DRR programme is the most delicate and longest part that lasts past the camp.

“It entails transitional justice initiative involving household linkage with the help of IOM and UNICEF amongst others.

“Administration of Oath of Allegiance is additionally performed at this stage. The panel is headed by a choose of the Federal High Court with members drawn for related businesses.

Furthermore, Gen Enenche stated, “Gleaning from the idea and conduct of Operation Safe Corridor, it isn’t a means of assembling uncooked repentant ex-combatants to inject again into the society by the Military.

Rather, it’s a world finest apply for battle administration backed by related legal guidelines with the concurrence of key stakeholders reminiscent of worldwide organizations and MDAs amongst others.

He cited as success, explicit repentant terrorists in Bama who underneath operation secure hall learnt barbing as a vocation and has efficiently empowered 4 locals and is fortunately married with kids.

In his contribution on the briefing, Coordinator, Operation Safe Corridor, Major General Bamidele Shaffa disagreed with these saying the federal authorities by the programme was being unfair by giving so-called repented terrorists particular and beneficial therapy whereas the victims who escaped their assaults and killings had been struggling in IDP camps.

Shaffa stated there are such a lot of different intervention programmes of presidency geared toward ameliorating the struggling of displaced individuals in addition to rebuilding communities, just like the North East Development Commission and the Ministry of Humanitarian and Disaster Management amongst others.

Vanguard News Nigeria.

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