IOM supports reintegration of over 2,300 repentant insurgents.


Group photograph: International Organization for Migration IOM Chief of Mission, Laurent de Boeck and selected journalists shortly after a media briefing in Maiduguri.

By Dauda Iliya

The International Organization for Migration IOM, has supported the reintegration of 2,311 low-risk Boko Haram insurgents that surrendered to government authorities in the last three years. 

IOM Chief of Mission in Nigeria, Laurent de Boeck made this known at a media briefing in Maiduguri, the Borno state capital. 

The Chief of Mission said more than one hundred and sixty thousand insurgents and their families have surrendered and undergoing deradicalization and rehabilitation in holding facilities in Borno state. 

According to him, IOM is supporting the repentant Boko Haram in areas of psychosocial support, economic reintegration, access to farmlands and inputs to enhance their livelihood. 

Mr. de Boeck remarked that the International Organization for Migration will accelerate the reintegration process to promote peace building in the state. 

“the Organization’s intervention significantly impacted on lives of millions, addressing immediate needs while fostering sustainable solution. The commitment to coordination, innovation and community engagement reflects a holistic approach to humanitarian assistance in the face of complex challenges ” de Boeck said.

Laurent de Boeck said the organisation has provided shelter to 71,666 individuals affected by conflict and environmental hazards in the North East. 

He appreciated the federal, Borno state and other partners for their cooperation towards restoring the livelihoods of vulnerable people in the North East region and other parts of the country. 


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