SADIQ ABUBAKAR, Maiduguri.
Borno State Government has refuted media reports which allegedly claimed that it disbursed the sum of N100,000 cash each to deradicalized repentant Boko Haram terrorists as gift.
The State Commissioner of Information Home Affairs and Culture Malam Babakura Jato said the 601 terrorists only received N20,000 each.
He also said the 601 Boko Haram members were recently deradicalized and released by the Operation Safe Corridor to the Borno State Government to be reintegrated into the society and rejoin with their families and relations.
He added that besides the N20,000 stipends basic equipments were also given to them to enable them practise their various skills of vocational training.
The Commissioner revealed that funds and starter packs were actually jointly given to the repentant terrorists by the North East Development Commission and International Organisation for Migration through the state government.
Jato explained that only about 10 per cent of the 601 repentant terrorists were actually Boko Haram members the rest were victims of circumstances innocently abducted by the Boko Haram.