The Senate on Thursday began the legislative process that will provide legal backing for the de-radicalization of “repentant” Boko Haram insurgents.
This was as the upper legislative chamber considered and passed for the first time a bill entitled: National Agency for the Education, Rehabilitation, De-radicalization and Integration of Repentant Insurgents.
If passed into law, the bill sponsored by Senator Giadam Ibrahim Alhaji who represents Yobe East will also give legal backing for an agency.
The bill which is bound to generate controversy; coming amid protests by Nigerians against the reintegration of members of the deadly sect back into the society.
The Nigerian military was recently reported to have trained and rehabilitated over 1000 insurgents in one of its centres in Gombe State.
The report claimed that the Military had gone ahead to release the “Repentant” insurgents after three years of vocational training.
The Borno State government had recently revealed that the military had released 1,400 repentant Boko Haram suspects.