Fifty one repentant Boko Haram insurgents evacuated to Bakassi internally displaced persons’ camp, Maiduguri, on Saturday narrowly escaped being killed by angry IDPs whose relations were said to have been victims of insurgency.
According to Daily Trust, trouble started as soon as the repentant insurgents who were first evacuated to the Bulumkutu Rehabilitation Centre, Maiduguri, two-and-a-half-months ago, after undergoing psychosocial de-radicalization at the Gombe Rehabilitation Centre under the Operation Safe Corridor Programme of the Federal Government, were later moved to the Bakassi camp for onward evacuation to their communities at Gwoza.
“No sooner were they settled at the Bakassi camp, the IDPs there, most of whom hail from the same Gwoza community, began to identify majority of them as the killers of their relations and, therefore, began to cast intensely angry and vindictive looks at them; and the fire of vengeance raged across their minds,” a source told Daily Trust yesterday.
“As every IDP identified the alleged killer of his/her parents, husband, wife, brothers or sisters, or even his/her entire family, the IDPs thronged together last Monday and moved to pounce on them, intent on killing them,” the source added.
Operation Lafiya Dole and relevant security agencies were yet to issue a statement on the incident as of the time of filing this report, but civilian JTF personnel at the camp described the incident as “frightening”.
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