Ex-Members Of Boko Haram In Maiduguri Protest Hunger, Neglect

Ex-Members Of Boko Haram In Maiduguri Protest Hunger, Neglect
In Maiduguri on Friday, ex-Boko Haram members protested against the government, saying they had been neglected. About 6,900 had surrendered and renounced their ties to the terrorist group.
These former terrorists—who are currently participating in a deradicalization program—took to the streets to seek the N30,000 allowance.
Security officers finally took action after the demonstration caused traffic jams and increased tension.
They expressed their dissatisfaction to authorities and the general public, citing neglect, inadequate food, and a lack of necessities.
Rehab and a chance to reintegrate into society as law-abiding citizens were promised to the ex-terrorists.
Usman Tar, the commissioner for information and internal security of Borno State, stated that the ‘biometrics registration’ for these repentant members has resumed following the protest.
Tar said, “As normalcy restored, officials of Borno State Government have on Friday resumed the biometrics data capture of repentant Boko Haram insurgents.
“A total of 6,900 repentant insurgents are processed under the multi-agency framework of Disarmament, Demobilisation, Deradicalisation, Rehabilitation, Reconciliation and Reintegration (DDDRRR) otherwise known as the “Borno Model.
“Due to a bridge in communication, those who were supposed to appear for the data capture at a later date appeared on Friday, August 18, 2023, and this led to confusion at a camp where the exercise was being conducted.
“The Borno State government wishes to assure the public that the situation is under control and normalcy has been restored at the venue of the biometric exercise.
“The incident illustrated the sensitive task which authorities face in re-inserting former fighters back into communities that have often suffered from years of attacks and kidnappings during a 13-year Islamist insurgency.”
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