BOKO HARAM: Why 602 ex-terrorists swore oath – Nigerian military

“The message here is clear to others out there; surrender and be profiled accordingly for the DRR privilege,” he said.
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Major General John Enenche - Defence Spokesman

On Thursday, the Nigerian military clarified why 602 repentant supporters of Boko Haram were vowing allegiance to Nigeria.

Coordinator, Activities in the Defense Media, Maj.-Gen. John Enenche was speaking at an Abuja news conference.

He remembered that Operation SAFE CORRIDOR subjected the former militants to a system of de-radicalisation, rehabilitation, and reintegration (DRR).

Enenche said they completed the Malam Sidi Camp DRR system and took the Oath before a quasi-judicial jury of 11 members.

The senior officer said that

 "reason behind the Oath of Allegiance is to emphasize their loyalty, discipline and obedience to the Federal Republic of Nigeria and thereby making a commitment”.

The consequence, he said, was that if they commit any crime, they would lose all rights and be responsible for the State's crime.

Enenche added that Operation SAFE CORRIDOR “has successfully coordinated the DRR programme for 882 ex Boko Haram members including the 280 earlier graduated”.

“The message here is clear to others out there; surrender and be profiled accordingly for the DRR privilege,” he said.