The Nigerian army has said it would commence a deradicalisation programme for members of the outlawed Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB) to discourage them from pursuing a secessionist cause.
This was disclosed by the director of the Nigerian army civil-military affairs, Brigadier General Solomon Kumapaye in Abuja on Monday, October 16, during a visit to the director general of the National Orientation Agency (NOA), Dr. Garba Abari, the Sun reports. Kumapaye said some repentant insurgents had surrendered for deradicalisation programme in the northeast. He stated the deradicalisation and counter-narrative initiative of the Nigerian army had recorded much success in the northeast. Kumapaye stated that the army ensured that the rights of civilians are respected in military operations. He said the army had secured the toll-free Short Code: 193 with which the public can now reach it, using any mobile network.