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General News of Tuesday, 21 September 2021

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Boko Haram: Repentant terrorists won’t go unpunished - Nigerian military

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The Theatre Commander of Operation Hadin Kai, Major Gen. Christopher Musa, has assured Nigerians and the international community expressing apprehension over the massive surrendering of Boko Haram terrorists that the insurgents would not go unpunished for crimes committed, saying troops were focused, vigilant and on the alert.

“Nobody will just accept thousands of surrendering Boko Haram terrorists who have committed atrocities, take them in and say go, your sins are forgiven.

“Definitely, we are not taking anything for granted; we remain focused. Part of our training and part of our laws in rules of engagements is that even when you are fighting somebody and he surrenders, you cannot shoot him and when you get him, you have to treat him well, you will give him shelter just like any other person.

“But most people don’t really understand, they look at them and said we are pampering them. No, we are just doing what we are supposed to do but the law will naturally take its course. Nobody will take them in afterwards and say go, no, it doesn’t work that way,’’ he said.

Speaking with a team of journalists from Army headquarters at the Theatre Command headquarters in Maiduguri, Gen Musa said: “The military has no power to prosecute the insurgents rather than to profile them and investigate them before handing them over to the necessary authorities for appropriate sanctions on the extent of offences committed as stipulated in the extent laws.

“A lot of innocent lives have been lost and developmentally, the region has gone backwards many years and it will take a long time before it can recover. It is important that we get this straight up, so we can start with rebuilding efforts.

Lai Mohammed makes u-turn, says repentant Boko Haram members can be prosecuted Earlier, the minister of information and culture, Lai Mohammed stated that repentant Boko Haram members can be prosecuted.

Mohammed on Saturday, August 21, in Washington DC stated a report claiming he said the federal government cannot prosecute repentant insurgents was misleading because he was quoted out of context.

The minister however noted that repentant insurgents cannot be shot without profiling and prosecution because it is against the best global practice.

Boko Haram: Why we don’t kill surrendered terrorists, Nigerian Army gives crucial reason Meanwhile, the Nigerian Army reportedly explained that the global convention for which Nigeria is signatory does not allow the killing of surrendered terrorists.

The Army spokesperson, Brig-Gen Onyema Nwachukwu, made this known in an interview. He reiterated that troops deployed for “Operation Hadin Kai” accept surrendered Boko Haram/ ISWAP terrorists in conformity with the international laws and treaties of armed conflict.

The explanation was offered amid the calls in some quarters on the military to kill the surrendered terrorists instead of reintegrating them into the society.

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