Footage shows civilian task force members joining Nigerian army, not repentant Boko Haram fighters

Published on 17/06/2021 at 14:21

A video of men dressed in military uniform saluting a state governor in Nigeria has been shared thousands of times on social media alongside claims that it shows 103 repentant Boko Haram fighters being absorbed into the Nigerian army. This is false; while Nigeria has a deradicalisation programme for ex-Boko Haram fighters, this footage actually shows members of a joint task force who were absorbed into the army.