Not all surrendered ‘insurgents’ are criminals – Gov Zulum claims

Governor Babagana Zulum of Borno State has revealed that not all the insurgents who surrendered to Nigerian troops are criminals.

The governor, while briefing the State House Correspondents shortly after meeting with President Muhammadu Buhari on Tuesday, said over 2,600 surrendered insurgents are now in custody.

According to him, many of those who recently surrendered are women and young children who were forced to join the terrorists and trained to wield AK-47 rifles.

Governor Zulum said the surrendered person would be subjected to the existing laws of the country.

He, however, explained that the insurgents would be taken care of, saying they “will not be left behind.”

The governor disclosed that the surrendered insurgents would be trained for reintegration, stressing that the Nigerian Constitution did not recommend the killing of surrendered terrorists.

Governor Zulum also revealed that over 100,000 people have been killed in the Northeastern region of the country in the past 12 years.

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