Borno seeks NISS collaboration on deradicalisation of repentant terrorists


The Borno state government under the leadership of Governor Babagana Umara Zulum has called on Faculty Members and participants of Course 16, National Institute for Security Studies, (NISS), Abuja, to help in the ongoing Deradicalization and Reintegration (DDR) of over 80,000 surrendered Boko Haram members.

The state government said most of them are camped at designated centers in Maiduguri.

The call was made Thursday when the Deputy Commandant of NISS, Mr. David Egbeji led staff and the participants for a courtesy call on the chairman of DDR and deputy governor of Borno state, Dr. Umar Kadafur, in his office in Government House, Maiduguri, the state capital.

Kadafur said since inception on May 29, 2019, the present administration under the leadership of Professor Zulum had invested huge resources on managing the insecurity posed by terrorists, which the commitment and synergy by the military, other security agencies, members of the Civilian Joint Task Force, (CJTF), nongovernmental organisations and other stakeholders, led to the relative peace enjoyed across the state.

In addition, the deputy governor said millions of Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs) have been relocated to their ancestral homes with scores of Boko Haram members, including their families and those forcefully conscripted laid down their arms and surrendered to the troops.

Kadafur said what is needed now is for all and sundry, including members of the NISS, to key into the state government’s Reconstruction, Rehabilitation and Resettlement process for sustainable development.