- The Nigerian government has been asked to immediately send repentant Boko Haram to farms to cultivate the land
- This is the position of Brigadier Gen. John Sura (retd.) who reacted to the latest development on repentant terrorists
- He said they should rather be treated as persons serving prison terms and subjected to a condition below those in the IDP camp
A message has been sent to the Nigerian government. The message was sent by a former chairman of Training and Operations at the Military Headquarters in Abuja, Brigadier Gen. John Sura (retd.).
He said the repentant terrorists should be used to cultivate agricultural products that they deprived the Internally Displaced Persons and other Nigerians to produce.
Pulse reports that he disclosed this in a statement titled ‘Treat Boko Haram repentant terrorists as prisoners of war.’
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“In the case of repentant Boko Haram, they should be treated as persons in prison with hard labour to serve as deterrent.
“Imprisonment with hard labour which defines minimum condition for detentions such as accommodation, feeding, medical, food and clothing etc., should not be in consonant with the Geneva convention."
Ndume sends message to troops on how repentant terrorists should be treated
Ndume's message to the NA on Thursday, August 12, is that the former insurgents should be carefully profiled and not just given what he termed blanket amnesty and pampering. The Borno federal lawmaker said instead of being in a hurry to resettle, reintegrate and rehabilitate the surrendered criminals, the military should hasten to end the reign of insurgency in Nigeria.
He called on the government to embark on bringing back displaced persons to their communities and then move on to investigate and interrogate the criminals.
Nigerian Army speaks on alleged plan to free top Boko Haram bomb experts
Meanwhile, the NA had reacted to false claims that it was planning on setting free two Boko Haram experts who were radicalised.
In a statement published on its Facebook page, the NA's spokesman, Major-General Onyema Nwachukwu, noted that persons who propagated such lies are deliberately misrepresenting its report and twisting it to achieve evil ends.
In a bid to set the facts right, Nwachukwu said that as a professional body, the force has decided that "all surrendered terrorists will be received, processed, and passed on to the relevant agencies of Government for further assessment in line with extant provisions."