The Defence Headquarters (DHQ) weekend denied reports that it was recycling insurgency by recruiting former fighters of terrorist group, Boko Haram.

It said so far 500 terrorists were convicted by courts of competent jurisdiction, while the prosecution of another batch of insurgents would commence soon.

There have been concerns that terrorists, who surrendered to troops and undergone de-radicalisation programmes organised by the military were allegedly being absorbed into the military.

Some media reports have also alleged that the military was recycling insurgency by the alleged recruitment.

However, a statement issued by Defence Headquarters said the military was not recycling insurgency. It said there was no plan to absorb de-radicalised insurgents into the military.

Defence Headquarters Spokesman, Brigadier-General Onyema Nwachukwu, said there was no plan to recruit ex-Boko Haran fighters into the military.

On the prosecution of captured ISWAP and Boko Haram fighters,  Nwachukwu said “the federal government of Nigeria has continued to prosecute BHT/ISWAP suspects in courts of competent jurisdiction and over 500 terrorists have so far been convicted. Meanwhile, the next round of prosecution of another batch of terrorism suspects is due to commence shortly”.

He said the misleading reports on the alleged recruitment constituted outright aberration of extant recruitment procedures and practice of the Armed Forces of Nigeria.

The Defence Headquarters, restated its commitment to ensuring a well-motivated, trained and equipped Armed Forces that is professionally responsive to national security commitments.


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