Wives Of ‘Repentant’ Boko Haram Terrorists Give Birth To 263 Babies In Four Months
Over 16,000 ‘repentant’ terrorists are being accommodated in the camp.
Wives of some ‘repentant’ Boko Haram fighters have given birth to no fewer than 263 babies in four months, the Borno State Government has said.
The delivery was conducted at the health facility located inside the Hajj camp in Maiduguri, which is currently being used as a temporary shelter for ‘repentant’ terrorists.
According to the state government, over 16,000 ‘repentant’ terrorists are being accommodated in the camp.
The De-radicalisation, Rehabilitation and Reintegration Camp was established under Operation Safe Corridor in 2016 to help reform terrorists, who renounce their old ways to embrace a new life.
Giving the breakdown of the delivery to journalists, the Medical Officer in charge of the health facility, Dr. Mohammed Saleh said 94 children were birthed in July 2022, 98 in August, 60 in September, and 11 in October.
“Almost on a daily basis, we carry out delivery,” Saleh said.
The Senior Special Adviser to the Borno State governor on Security Matters, Brigadier General Abdullahi Ishaq (Retd) said since the state government started the collaborative non-kinetic approach to the Boko Haram insurgence in 2021, over 82,000 of the fighters and their families had surrendered.
He added that more than 3,500 had been reintegrated into their communities.
According to him, more than 85 percent of the ‘repentant’ Boko Haram fighters who have surrendered were forcefully enlisted by the combatant fighters.
Over 3,000 houses have been constructed in the camp for those who are married with children, while those who are single are kept in other tents.
Over 6,000 men are in the camp while women and children number over 10,000.