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Boko Haram Army chief says suspects are screened before prosecution

He said that the military had in the course of their operations rescued so many individuals, including women and children, adding that the insurgents have been completely incapacitated in all respect.

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(Pm News Nigeria)

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Brig-Gen. Rabe Abubakar, the Director of Defence Information, said on Thursday in Abuja that Boko Haram suspects were thoroughly and properly screened before prosecution.

Abubakar who spoke when he featured on the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) Forum, said the military always carry out a documentation called profiling.

``When you suspect and arrest; you have to do what we call profiling and this profiling takes a lot of time; it is a documentation of its own.

``Because lives are involved, we do not want to treat anybody wrongly, we ensure that appropriate steps are put in place to ensure we verify.

``You know they are allegations, so you need to treat it with all confidentiality because it is not good to bring out a person as an insurgent and later the person turns out not to be.’’

He said that anybody confirmed to be guilty is handed over to the appropriate authority.

Abubakar said that the military was in the last phase of the war against the Boko Haram insurgents, adding that an operation called operation `Crack Down’ was designed to clear and mop up remnants of the insurgents.

He said that the military had in the course of their operations rescued so many individuals, including women and children, adding that the insurgents have been completely incapacitated in all respect.

``What remains is just a matter of time; those who think that they can still go on will meet their own waterloo.

``I feel all of them should come out and embrace peace, though so many of them have surrendered; some of them have confessed that what they are doing is nothing to write home about.

``They said they cannot withstand the joint operation of the military against them and for that they have no option but to surrender.’’

He said that the Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs) now have confidence to return to their homes and reunite with their families and contribute to the development of the country.

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