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Soldiers working to relocate IDPs in Borno – Senator Ndume

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The Senate Committee Chairman on Army, Senator Ali Ndume has disclosed that internally displaced persons would soon return to their ancestral homes, as soldiers were already perfecting the arrangement.

Those to return home, he said, are, indigenes of Damboa, Kukawa, Kawuri, and Ngoshe, among others, which would return from October 15th 2020.

Ndume representing Borno South Senatorial district explained that the IDPs to be returned are those living in camps in Maiduguri, Borno State capital.

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The lawmaker, while speaking with journalists on Sunday in Abuja, insisted that amnesty for repentant terrorists does not guarantee peace in troubled areas.

“Soldiers are rebuilding destroyed homes of victims of insurgency through direct labour approach which would be ready soon for relocation of the displaced.

He urged government to devise effect means of implementing
operation safe corridor, claiming that granting amnesty to repentant insurgents cannot restore peace to the area.

He said, “Majority of Nigerians are against the way that the operation safe corridor is being handed.

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“It is wrong to grant amnesty to repentant terrorists when the war is still far from being over.

“The war must be over before we could start doing the amnesty.

“The military could open up the corridor, allow everybody to enter and start profiling them, keep them somewhere as prisoners of war, and train them.

“After the war, they could be reconciled with the victims of their unfortunate actions.

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“That is what is being done all over the world. The current arrangement where the repentant insurgents are granted amnesty without apologizing to the victims and the state, cannot bring about the required peace.”

The Senator, who said he had been visiting many Borno villages affected by the insurgency in the last two months, also explained that soldiers have started engaging in civil activities to help some of the returnees.

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