Governor Muhammadu Yahaya of Gombe State says theDe-radicalisation, Rehabilitation and Reintegration Camp for apologetic Boko Haram members located at Kwami Local Government Area of the state should be transferred to the Nigerian Army University in Biu.
Yahaya stated this while admitting the General Officer Commanding, 3 Division, also known as Operation Safe Heaven, Maj Gen Ibrahim Ali, at the Government House on Tuesday. Gombe State Governor Inuwa Yahaya said despite furnishing asylum for the Federal Government’s initiative, the camp had only hosted non-indigenes adding that the state shouldn’t be made to suffer for hosting similar installation.
The camp, which has reformed hundreds of repentant Boko Haram members substantially from other zone of the North-East, in a installation erected by the state government for the National Youth Service Corps as exposure camp. Yahaya said, “ Gombe has been hosting thede-radicalisation camp for the past six times. “ It was meant to be a temporary arrangement for six months, but now, it has turned to be a endless point and the security authorities are indeed looking for expansion.
“ Since the establishment of that outfit, not indeed one person from Gombe has been taken to forde-radicalisation or recuperation. We’re just playing host, trying to help our neighbours. As a result, we shouldn’t be made to suffer for hosting such a establishment. “ Else, if you like take it to the military university at Biu, and make it a faculty, that isn’t our problem. There’s the need for us to have a symbiotic relationship. If you scratch our back while we scratch yours; that’s the only way we can move ahead.”
Yahaya lamented how due to the security challenges, getting approbation for the movement of urea which is used for making fertiliser to Gombe, has been delicate, adding that hunger might worsen the problems being faced by the people. “ Close to 80 of our people are peasant growers. Lately, despite approval from defence headquarters, we weren’t capable to bring urea because it’s believed that it’s being used to produce bombs and that some deceived people are using it.