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Some Boko Haram Terrorists Despite Repenting Should Be Prosecuted — Senator Ndume

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The Senator representing Borno South, Ali Ndume, has stated some repentant Boko Haram insurgents “which have blood on their fingers” should be investigated and prosecuted.

Recall that weeks in the past, the media was agog with reviews of repeated surrenders of Boko Haram terrorists to the Nigerian army. 





Greater than 2,000 terrorists have been reported to have surrendered and branded ‘repentant’ by the Military, claiming adherence to worldwide legal guidelines regarding ‘enemies prepared to give up’.

Some Nigerians have kicked towards the de-radicalisation and rehabilitation initiative for the insurgents by the Nigerian military beneath the Protected Hall programme.

Talking on Saturday after a gathering with President Muhammadu Buhari, in Abuja, Ndume maintained that the previous insurgents can’t be let off the hook simply because they’ve surrendered.

He stated, “My stance on this has not modified, solely that possibly individuals interpret it the way in which they need. There’s a nationwide regulation that ought to information all these and there’s worldwide regulation that guides this as a result of this isn’t the primary time we’re having this form of problem in varied international locations,” Ndume stated.

“Usually, once you get to struggle stage, you’re anticipated to both defeat the enemy or the enemy surrenders. As soon as the enemy surrenders, you lose the fitting of summarily executing him as a result of he’s an enemy. You additionally don’t have the fitting to summarily declare him harmless and say, oh, you’ve gotten sinned, go and sin no extra.

“What I’m saying initially and I nonetheless keep this place, in as a lot as we welcome the surrendering of the Boko Haram, it is rather essential that we comply with the due course of, based on the regulation of the land and the worldwide regulation.

“That’s to say, take them in, profile them, course of them, examine them, interrogate them after which these which might be harmless, needs to be let go, and people who have blood on their fingers, they need to be appropriately prosecuted.

“As soon as the particular person surrenders, now, he has a bonus. When you give up, you can not simply be summarily convicted, you may be given the fitting to go to courtroom and declare your innocence or in any other case. That’s what I’m asking for.”

Ndume, who can also be the chairman of the Senate committee on the military, had earlier requested the military to not deal with the repentant insurgents with child gloves.

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