Some of the repentant Boko Haram members recently released and forgiven by the Nigerian state for denouncing insurgency have returned to bush and re-united with other Boko Haram members, WAR has learned.
WARS learned that as soon the repentant Boko Haram members were freed, and sent back to the community, some of them went back and reunited with their colleagues in the bush and have continued to carry out attacks.
Local sources told WAR that the repentant Boko Haram members are not found in the communities, alleging that they have gone back to the bush and rejoined with the insurgency group.
Other local sources told WAR, that the repentant Boko Haram members’ did not denounce Boko Haram willingly, but were arrested by the military and forcefully rehabilitated against their will.
“The so-called repentant Boko Haram members have gone back to the bush to rejoin with other insurgents, they were arrested and forced to repent, they never wished to repent” a local told WAR.
This is even as the Nigerian government last week freed 603 Boko Haram members on the ground that they are now repentant Boko Haram members.
An initiative that has since failed, as some of the repentant Boko Haram members are not found in the community and are alleged to have returned and reunited with their colleagues.
“No time did the Boko Haram members want repentance, army was using them to achieve their aim of sustaining the insurgency” a local told WAR.
“They were arrested and forced to repent, now that the army has set them free in the name of repentant Boko Haram, they have gone back to meet their colleagues and continue killing us,” a local said.
Worse still, Mr. Ali Ndume, a lawmaker from Borno state had last week disclosed that one of the repentant Boko Haram members had since killed his father, stole all his cows, and disappeared into the bush.
Ndume had since dismissed the idea of setting Boko Haram members free in the name of repentant, pointing out that is a failed project that was dead on arrival.