26.1 C

Operation Safe Corridor: 83,000 insurgents surrender to Nigerian Army – CDS


THE Chief of Defence Staff (CDS) General Godwin Irabor has disclosed that over 83,000 insurgents have surrendered to the Nigerian Army through the Operation Safe Corridor program.

Irabor explained that through consistent and effective air interdictions along with well coordinated clearance operations on identified strongholds of the insurgents, troops have continued to inflict heavy casualties on the terrorists and their leaders.

The army chief made the disclosure during the fifth Stakeholders’ Meeting of Operation Safe Corridor (OPSC), on Thursday in Abuja.

He was represented at the meeting by the Chief of Defence Training and Operation, Maj. Gen. Adeyemi Yekini.

The OPSC was established by President Muhuammadu Buhari in September 2015, as a window for willing and repentant terrorists to lay down their arms and undergo a structured Deradicalization, Rehabilitation and Reintegration (DRR) programme.

Irabor said, the Nigerian Army had significantly degraded the insurgents and restricted them to a small portion of Sambisa Forest and isolated Islands on the Lake Chad.

“These sustained operations continue to put pressure and confusion within the ranks of the adversary causing many to surrender to the armed forces.

“As at today, over 83,000 insurgents and their family members have surrendered, while those captured have been tried and convicted to various jail terms by the law courts,” he said.

The CDS disclosed that the military has been adopting kinetic and non-kinetic methods to win the war against insurgency.

    He also disclosed that low risk repentant terrorists will be  transferred to their various state governments for reintegration into the society.

    Irabor advised that the receiving state governments should provide necessary support to enable the repentant terrorists wade through the transitional and most challenging phase of their lives.

    “We are optimistic that working closely with local and traditional  authorities, the states can deploy security apparatus at their disposal to effectively track and evaluate the reintegrated ex combatants,” he added.

    Borno State Commissioner for Women Affairs and Social  Development, Zuwaira Gambo, said the  state had received the largest chunk of the repentant terrorists since the programme started.

    Support the ICIR

    We invite you to support us to continue the work we do.

    Your support will strengthen journalism in Nigeria and help sustain our democracy.

    If you or someone you know has a lead, tip or personal experience about this report, our WhatsApp line is open and confidential for a conversation



    Please enter your comment!
    Please enter your name here

    This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.

    Support the ICIR

    We need your support to produce excellent journalism at all times.


    CMPA canvasses preventive approach in anti-corruption campaign

    A NON-governmental organisation, Centre for Media, Policy and Accountability (CMPA) has called on government...

    Five Nigerian musicians nominated for 2023 BET Awards

    FIVE Nigerian musicians have been nominated for the 2023 edition of the Black Entertainment...

    Unification of exchange rates will check illegal economic activities – ABCON President

    THE president of the Association of Bureau De Change Operators of Nigeria (ABCON), Aminu...

    How Nigeria Health Watch integrated ‘sojo’ into national media organisations — MD

    THE Managing Director, Nigeria Health Watch, Vivianne Ihekweazu, has said solution journalism, also known as...

    Govt agents behind most attacks on Nigerian journalists — NGE

    THE Nigerian Guild of Editors (NGE) has said government agents, including security operatives and...

    Most Read

    Subscribe to our newsletter