A heave of repentant Boko Haram terrorists stormed the streets of Maiduguri, Borno State, to protest the government’s failure to pay their monthly stipends of N30,000 each.
The protesters, according to a Twitter post by Zagazola Makama, a security expert in Lake Chad region, blocked the Bulumkutu-Maiduguri Highway on Friday, angrily demanding the government to fulfill its promise.
In February 2022, former vice president Yemi Osinbajo had promised the repentant members of a legitimate source of income from the federal government.
His words: “I am the chairman of the Presidential Committee and His Excellency Governor Zulum is the vice-chairman of the committee.
“We will be working with you and the state government and other donor agencies and friends to ensure that we are able to provide you with a means of not just income but a place where you can settle down with your families and do your own work and do your own business.”
Recall that in the last 2 years, there have been a massive laying off of arms by Boko Haram jihadists who have terrorized the north eastern part of the country for over a decade.
Subsequently, the federal government carried out a rehabilitation exercise for them in different states including Borno and Gombe. It involves a six-month physical, mental and psychosocial rehabilitation program tagged Operation Safe Corridor.
The protesting ex-terrorists who are being hosted at Hajj Camp, were also reported to have raised tension among residents in the area.