Some former members of the Boko Haram sect have appealed to fellow terrorists still in the bush, to lay down their arms and embrace peace.
Ten leaders of two camps of the sect described as commanders, who have surrendered to the army were paraded yesterday by the Theatre Commander of Operation Lafiya Dole, Maj.-Gen. Lucky Irabor, at a news conference in Maiduguri, the Borno State capital.
Gen. Irabor said so far, over 1,400 people had been rescued by the military during counter-insurgency operations in the Northeast.
He said the repentant sect members would undergo a deradicalisation programme to enable them become responsible citizens.
“We are doing our part to see that this madness is reduced to the barest minimum,”the commander said.
Gen. Irabor said the commanders, who said they had repented, were arrested in various locations in Borno and Adamawa states.
Four of the suspects were from the Mamman Nur Camp. The remaining six were from the Abubakar Shekau group.
One of the members, Joseph David, who said he was named Ibrahim Alhaji after he joined Boko Haram, regretted joining the group, adding that his aspirations were far from what he saw.