The Defence Headquarters has denied granting amnesty to members of the Boko Haram insurgent group, describing an online report that 800 Boko Haram members had been granted amnesty as false.
The Defence Headquarters also called on the public to disregard it, stressing that it would not tolerate acts of terrorism or criminality by any group.
According to a statement by the Acting Director of Defence Information, Brig. Gen. Rabe Abubakar, the Defence Headquarters said its decision to rehabilitate repentant members of Boko Haram was based on a United Nations convention and could not be considered as amnesty.
The statement reads in part: “The attention of Defence Headquarters has been drawn to online Media stating that 800 Boko Haram Terrorists were given Amnesty. The story is false and has no iota of truth in it as DHQ has never mentioned Amnesty in all its statement.
“In line with United Nations Convention Charter, which Nigeria is a signatory; the Defence Headquarters came up with an initiative
“Öperation Safe Corridor”. This initiative is geared towards rehabilitating and reintegrating the repentant terrorists back into normal life in the society.
“Therefore, the general public should disregard these insinuations as the initiative “Operation Safe Corridor” should not be taken as Amnesty.”
“We hereby emphasise and stand by our position that no act of Terrorism or Criminality will be condoned in our nation by any group. Please be guided.”
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