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Provide Proper Care For Boko Haram Victims Like Repentant Insurgents Says Stakeholders

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Borno State stakeholders at a one-day stakeholders dialogue in transitional Justice workshop, have suggested that for the purpose of effective and efficient implementation of transitional Justice, authorities concerned at all levels should endeavour to adopt a proper and improved measure and machinery for positive welfare and care of victims of Boko Haram insurgency.

They said as government and NGOs do for the perpetrators who voluntarily surrendered after committing the crime or offence, they need equal treatment for the victims of Insurgency.

The stakeholders called for proper and effective management of the Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs) and provision of basic facilities and amenities at the IDP camps.

The workshop which was jointly organized by Allamin Foundation for Peace and Development (ALFOPED and UK Foreign Communication and Development Office in Nigeria with a theme, “From Insurgency to Stability: Towards an Agenda for Community-Level Transitional Justice in Borno State” was held at Women Development Center Maiduguri on Saturday.

The Project Manager, Mr. Samuel Orahii said the workshop was aimed at mobilizing stakeholders in Borno State to develop transitional Justice and reconciliation policy recommendations in north east Nigeria”, under the Conflict, Stability and Security Food (CSSF) in the Lake Chad Basin (LCB).

He added that the project is being implemented in Maiduguri Metropolitan Council (MMC), Bama, Dikwa and Gwoza Local Government Area of Borno State.

The participants were drawn from the media and other stakeholders from the security and government who are directly involved and concerned with the counter insurgency.

They also recommended proper care of the IDPs who are exposed to severe hunger, starvation and torture as part of the transitional justice that they deserve as citizens of the country.

They stressed that forgiveness, reconciliation and dialogue among aggrieved parties should be adopted for peace and and progress of the society in promoting human rights and justice as citizens of the country while the media should embark on Sensitization and campaigns.

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