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Published On the Biafra Post 
July 12, 2024


The Borno State government has announced the successful reintegration of 8,490 repentant Boko Haram members through the Borno Model process.

This was disclosed by the Commissioner for Information and Internal Security, Prof. Usman Tar, during an oath-taking event for 560 repentant insurgents in Maiduguri on Wednesday.

Prof. Tar emphasized that the individuals reintegrated are considered low-risk and include minors.

He said they have been thoroughly vetted by military and security agencies, as well as traditional leaders from their communities.

“For the past three years, we established the Borno Model for the mass return of insurgents and those trapped in violence. Today, we are welcoming an additional 560 returnees who are low risks and minors.

“They have been trained in various trades such as phone repairs, mechanics, carpentry, and more,” Prof. Tar stated.

He added that surveys indicate that those reintegrated have adhered to societal norms and have not returned to insurgent activities.

The Borno State Special Adviser on Security Affairs, Brig. General Abdullahi Ishaq (rtd), noted that the program has been successful, with a total of 8,490 low-risk individuals and minors reintegrated into society.

His words: “As I speak today, we have reintegrated a total of 8,490 low risks and minors.

“Previously, we resettled 7,930, and now 560 more people. Many of them were taken by insurgents when they were as young as 10 years old.”

He added that the reintegration process includes training in various trades and the provision of starter packs to help these individuals re-establish their lives.

According to him, community leaders have been involved in screening and requesting the release of these individuals back to their communities, which include areas such as Konduga, Dikwa, Ngala, Marte, Kukawa, Mobbar, Bama, and Gwoza.

Prof. Tar concluded by expressing confidence in the Borno Model, which is also being considered by other state governments as a means of addressing the reintegration of former insurgents.

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July 10, 2024


In a statement, Major General Onyema Nwachukwu, Director of Army Public Relations, denounced the report as propaganda aimed at portraying the army as promoting religious bigotry. 

The Nigerian Army has dismissed a report as misleading and false, which claimed that it only operates a School of Islamic Affairs and neglects other religions. 

In a statement, Major General Onyema Nwachukwu, Director of Army Public Relations, denounced the report as propaganda aimed at portraying the army as promoting religious bigotry. 

He emphasised that the army values diversity and inclusivity, and the report does not reflect the institution's true character. The army assures that it caters to the religious needs of all personnel, regardless of their faith.


“The Nigerian army is a secular organisation that upholds the principle of religious freedom for all its personnel and ensures that personnel irrespective of ranks is free to practice their religions without any form of bias or endorsement of a specific religion.

“Our unwavering commitment to secularism guarantees that religious diversity is respected and accommodated, allowing soldiers to observe their faith without hindrance to their duties.”

Nwachukwu, clarified that the Nigerian Army operates multiple religious training institutions to cater to the diverse faiths of its personnel. 

These institutions include the Nigerian Army School of Islamic Affairs in Ikeja Cantonment, Lagos, the Nigerian Army Protestant Training School in Yaba, Lagos, and the Nigerian Army Chaplain Catholic Training School in Ojo Cantonment, Lagos. 


"The schools regularly engage in interfaith collaborations, promoting unity and cohesion among personnel. 
"The Army's commitment to secularism aims to foster a professional and inclusive environment, free from religious discrimination or bias, where individuals can serve their country without fear of persecution. 


"This approach ensures that all officers and soldiers can practice their beliefs in a supportive and respectful setting, promoting diversity and inclusivity within the Army.

“The Nigerian army remains steadfast in its commitment to upholding the values of secularism and religious freedom, ensuring that all personnel can serve with dignity and respect for their individual beliefs," he said.

 


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Published on the Biafra post 
July 10, 2024


Dr. Doris Uwicyeza Picard, a representative from the Rwandan Ministry of Justice, affirmed that Rwanda had fulfilled its obligations under the agreement, which aimed to assist the UK in addressing its own asylum seeker issues. 


Rwanda has stated that it will not refund the £270million paid by Britain for the controversial asylum seeker programme, despite the new UK government cancelling the initiative. 

 

Dr. Doris Uwicyeza Picard, a representative from the Rwandan Ministry of Justice, affirmed that Rwanda had fulfilled its obligations under the agreement, which aimed to assist the UK in addressing its own asylum seeker issues. 

 

Kigali considers the matter a "UK problem" and expects no reimbursement.

 

She told the BBC World Service: “We are under no obligation to provide any refund. We will remain in constant discussions. However, it is understood that there is no obligation on either side to request or receive a refund.”

 

According to Telegraph, UK had paid £270 million to Rwanda as part of the Migration and Economic Development Partnership but not a single migrant has been forcibly deported to the East African country. Only four failed asylum seekers have voluntarily flown to Rwanda after being offered £3000 to do so.

 

Although British ministers have not officially notified Rwanda of their intention to terminate the five-year agreement, Dr. Uwicyeza Picard acknowledged that Rwanda is aware of Sir Keir Starmer's decision to cancel the deal, which was announced shortly after his election victory. 

 

 

According to the agreement's break clause, the UK can withdraw from two scheduled payments of £50 million in 2025 and 2026 without incurring penalties. 

 

 

However, it is likely that the UK government will still be responsible for funding the asylum seekers already sent to Rwanda, numbering four individuals. Formal notification is pending, requiring a three-month notice period.

 

Dr Uwicyeza Picard said: “We were informed of the UK’s decision. We take note of the UK’s decision to terminate the agreement.

 

“We just want to reiterate that this was a partnership initiated by the UK to solve a UK problem and Rwanda stepped up as we have always stepped up in the past to provide safety, refuge and opportunities to migrants.”

 

She added: “Rwanda has maintained its side of the agreement and we have ramped up capacity to accommodate thousands of migrants and asylum seekers. We have upheld our end of the deal.

 

“We have put in a lot of effort and resources to accommodate those migrants. We understand that changes in government happen and incoming governments have different priorities and different policies. However, this was a state to state agreement and we believe this good faith will remain.”

 

‘Misconception of Rwanda deal’

Dr Uwicyeza Picard expressed concern at the criticism that Rwanda had faced as a result of entering into the deal with the UK. “It was because of this misconception that it was a Rwanda deal. Rwanda is not a deal, it is a country full of people whose policies are informed by the country’s recent history.”

 

She implicitly attacked the UNHCR, a major critic of the Rwanda scheme as being “unsafe” for migrants but which uses Rwanda to accommodate asylum seekers. “We work with organisations to take people from countries like Libya and provide them with opportunities in Rwanda,” she said.

 

“It beggars belief as to why Rwanda would be safe with these migrants rather than those migrants just because of the country they are coming from.”

 

The ending of the agreement will be complicated by a group of Sri Lankan Tamil asylum seekers who were transferred to Rwanda from the British territory of Diego Garcia in the Indian ocean.

 

The four, who landed in Diego Garcia in October 2021, hoping to sail to Canada to claim asylum, are Britain’s responsibility. They told the BBC last month they felt “isolated and unsafe” in Rwanda.

 

They said they have become too scared to go out and are hoping that the UK will find them a more permanent place to live, away from Rwanda. Three members of the group have had their claims for asylum approved by British Indian Ocean Territory authorities.

 

Audit of Rwanda scheme costs

At the weekend, Yvette Cooper, the Home Secretary, ordered an audit of the costs and liabilities of the Rwanda scheme which she hopes to publish before the summer recess at the end of July.

 

Labour says that scrapping the Rwanda scheme will free up £75 million in the first year of a Labour government to set up a new Border Security Command with Border Force, MI5 and the National Crime Agency (NCA) to crack down on people smuggling gangs.

 

Sir Keir pledged that the £75 million would be used to hire hundreds of extra investigators and “intelligence agents” who will be given counter-terror-style powers to prosecute gangs operating small boat routes across the Channel.

 

More than 90,000 migrants who were earmarked by Rishi Sunak’s government for deportation to Rwanda will be transferred to the asylum system entitling them to apply for leave to remain in the UK.

 

The Government also faces a multi-million pound compensation bill by more than 200 migrants who claim they were wrongly detained for flights to Rwanda this summer when there was no “realistic” prospect of their removal within a reasonable timescale.

 

The migrants were detained from the end of May – some in raids at their homes – but were subsequently bailed after courts ruled that there was no imminent prospect of their deportation to Rwanda. The Home Office said it had scheduled a flight for July 24.

 

A spokesman for Ms Cooper said: “This demonstrates a scandalous lack of care for taxpayer’s money – hundreds of million of pounds wasted on a gimmick that only saw four people removed in over two years. Imagine what that money could have done if it had been channelled into boosting Britain’s border security?

 

“Enough is enough. A Labour Government will invest in our border security with a new Border Security Command with hundreds of enforcement officers and investigators working across Europe to smash the criminal smuggling gangs making vast profit from small boat crossings.”

 
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July 10, 2024


Dr. Doris Uwicyeza Picard, a representative from the Rwandan Ministry of Justice, affirmed that Rwanda had fulfilled its obligations under the agreement, which aimed to assist the UK in addressing its own asylum seeker issues. 


Rwanda has stated that it will not refund the £270million paid by Britain for the controversial asylum seeker programme, despite the new UK government cancelling the initiative. 

 

Dr. Doris Uwicyeza Picard, a representative from the Rwandan Ministry of Justice, affirmed that Rwanda had fulfilled its obligations under the agreement, which aimed to assist the UK in addressing its own asylum seeker issues. 

 

Kigali considers the matter a "UK problem" and expects no reimbursement.

 

She told the BBC World Service: “We are under no obligation to provide any refund. We will remain in constant discussions. However, it is understood that there is no obligation on either side to request or receive a refund.”

 

According to Telegraph, UK had paid £270 million to Rwanda as part of the Migration and Economic Development Partnership but not a single migrant has been forcibly deported to the East African country. Only four failed asylum seekers have voluntarily flown to Rwanda after being offered £3000 to do so.

 

Although British ministers have not officially notified Rwanda of their intention to terminate the five-year agreement, Dr. Uwicyeza Picard acknowledged that Rwanda is aware of Sir Keir Starmer's decision to cancel the deal, which was announced shortly after his election victory. 

 

 

According to the agreement's break clause, the UK can withdraw from two scheduled payments of £50 million in 2025 and 2026 without incurring penalties. 

 

 

However, it is likely that the UK government will still be responsible for funding the asylum seekers already sent to Rwanda, numbering four individuals. Formal notification is pending, requiring a three-month notice period.

 

Dr Uwicyeza Picard said: “We were informed of the UK’s decision. We take note of the UK’s decision to terminate the agreement.

 

“We just want to reiterate that this was a partnership initiated by the UK to solve a UK problem and Rwanda stepped up as we have always stepped up in the past to provide safety, refuge and opportunities to migrants.”

 

She added: “Rwanda has maintained its side of the agreement and we have ramped up capacity to accommodate thousands of migrants and asylum seekers. We have upheld our end of the deal.

 

“We have put in a lot of effort and resources to accommodate those migrants. We understand that changes in government happen and incoming governments have different priorities and different policies. However, this was a state to state agreement and we believe this good faith will remain.”

 

‘Misconception of Rwanda deal’

Dr Uwicyeza Picard expressed concern at the criticism that Rwanda had faced as a result of entering into the deal with the UK. “It was because of this misconception that it was a Rwanda deal. Rwanda is not a deal, it is a country full of people whose policies are informed by the country’s recent history.”

 

She implicitly attacked the UNHCR, a major critic of the Rwanda scheme as being “unsafe” for migrants but which uses Rwanda to accommodate asylum seekers. “We work with organisations to take people from countries like Libya and provide them with opportunities in Rwanda,” she said.

 

“It beggars belief as to why Rwanda would be safe with these migrants rather than those migrants just because of the country they are coming from.”

 

The ending of the agreement will be complicated by a group of Sri Lankan Tamil asylum seekers who were transferred to Rwanda from the British territory of Diego Garcia in the Indian ocean.

 

The four, who landed in Diego Garcia in October 2021, hoping to sail to Canada to claim asylum, are Britain’s responsibility. They told the BBC last month they felt “isolated and unsafe” in Rwanda.

 

They said they have become too scared to go out and are hoping that the UK will find them a more permanent place to live, away from Rwanda. Three members of the group have had their claims for asylum approved by British Indian Ocean Territory authorities.

 

Audit of Rwanda scheme costs

At the weekend, Yvette Cooper, the Home Secretary, ordered an audit of the costs and liabilities of the Rwanda scheme which she hopes to publish before the summer recess at the end of July.

 

Labour says that scrapping the Rwanda scheme will free up £75 million in the first year of a Labour government to set up a new Border Security Command with Border Force, MI5 and the National Crime Agency (NCA) to crack down on people smuggling gangs.

 

Sir Keir pledged that the £75 million would be used to hire hundreds of extra investigators and “intelligence agents” who will be given counter-terror-style powers to prosecute gangs operating small boat routes across the Channel.

 

More than 90,000 migrants who were earmarked by Rishi Sunak’s government for deportation to Rwanda will be transferred to the asylum system entitling them to apply for leave to remain in the UK.

 

The Government also faces a multi-million pound compensation bill by more than 200 migrants who claim they were wrongly detained for flights to Rwanda this summer when there was no “realistic” prospect of their removal within a reasonable timescale.

 

The migrants were detained from the end of May – some in raids at their homes – but were subsequently bailed after courts ruled that there was no imminent prospect of their deportation to Rwanda. The Home Office said it had scheduled a flight for July 24.

 

A spokesman for Ms Cooper said: “This demonstrates a scandalous lack of care for taxpayer’s money – hundreds of million of pounds wasted on a gimmick that only saw four people removed in over two years. Imagine what that money could have done if it had been channelled into boosting Britain’s border security?

 

“Enough is enough. A Labour Government will invest in our border security with a new Border Security Command with hundreds of enforcement officers and investigators working across Europe to smash the criminal smuggling gangs making vast profit from small boat crossings.”