Nigerian army ‘relocates’ 260 Boko Haram survivors
The Nigerian army has relocated at least 260 women and children recently rescued from the militant Islamist group Boko Haram, officials say.
They were taken from a camp in the north-eastern city of Yola and flown to an unspecified military facility.
The women will receive medical help and support as part of their rehabilitation process, the BBC has learnt.
The government is said to be worried that some women may have been radicalised while in captivity.
Camp officials said there were suspicions some of the women had been communicating with militants.
They will be housed at the military facility under the Countering Violent Extremism (CVE) Programme which is part of the government’s so-called “soft approach” to combating terrorism.
Backed by soldiers from Chad, Cameroon and Niger, the Nigerian army has managed to liberate a number of towns from the militants since they launched a military operation in February.
However, sporadic attacks and violence have continued, with thousands killed in the last year alone. BBC