All the repentant Boko Haram members in Baga town of Borno state, northeast Nigeria are now back to the bush and have rejoined the insurgency, WAR has learned.
Local sources told WAR that the all repentant Boko Haram members could not stay in Baga, but rather headed straight to the bush to rejoin the insurgency as soon as they were set free by the Nigerian state.
Mr. Ibrahim a community resident told WAR that the repentant Boko Haram members were not welcomed by the community members describing their activities as a huge atrocity that cannot be forgiven.
“From the venue of the reintegrated ceremony, they moved straight to the bush and rejoined their colleagues,” Ibrahim said.
“They did not set their foot in Baga, they know they are not welcome, they have killed many and committed atrocities and cannot be allowed to live with those they killed” Ibrahim added.
Another local source told WAR that at no time did the Boko Haram members surrendered and denounced insurgency, pointing out that they were arrested by the military during operation and were forced to repent.
“At no time did any of the Boko Haram members willingly surrendered and seek forgiveness, they were all arrested by the military during operation and were forced to repent”
“Now that they have been granted freedom, they have gone back to rejoin Boko Haram and continue killing the people”
Mr. Joseph, a local who prefers only his first name mentioned while speaking to WAR via a telephone conversation accused the military of fortifying the insurgency by releasing Boko Haram members back to the bush.
He, however, questioned why the military will release Boko Haram members caught during the exchange of fire under the guise of repentant insurgents.
Angry over the development, Joseph accused the military of having a huge interest in ensuring that the Boko Haram insurgency does not come to an end and remain forever.
The Nigerian government in the month of July, set free 603 Boko Haram members saying they are repentants insurgents.