Friday, September 26, 2014

Boko Haram members who surrendered will not be prosecuted

Boko Haram members who surrendered their arms and weapons to Nigerian troops last week would not be prosecuted, instead they would be de-radicalised and rehabilitated back to the society, The Federal Government has said.

Speaking on their fate during a press conference, in Abuja, the Coordinator of National Information Centre, NIC, Mr Mike Omeri said there were measures in the counter-terrorism document launched by government and it would be strictly followed.

According to him, those who surrendered will be taken thorough the process of de-radicalisation and rehabilitation, while those who refused will surely be dealt with.

"Those terrorist who surrendered their arms and embraces peace will undergo the process of de-radicalisation and rehabilitation. So that they will be admitted into society and given the opportunity to also continue contributing their own quota to the development of this country.

"But to those who insist on carrying arms against their country's, against their fellow citizens, will have themselves to blame.

"I want to urge citizens to be steadfast in their support to our service men and women; we are working hard, day and night, to ensure that we put terrorism behind us in Nigeria.

"The army forces have found the winning strategies, and they will not go back in making sure the adequate security is provided, for every single Nigerian," he assured.

It would be recalled that following the killing of their commander who had being claiming to be the late Abubakar Shekau, over 200 Boko Haram members surrendered themselves and their weapons to Nigerian troops, and pleaded for mercy.

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