Ndume wants repentant terrorists that have blood on their hands to be prosecuted

Ndume says ex-terrorists should not be left off the hook just because they surrendered.

Senator Ali Ndume/channelstv

Ali Ndume, senator representing Borno south has again called for the prosecution of repentant Boko Haram insurgents, who have blood in their hands.

The senator said the surrendered insurgents must be tried according to the law of the land and international law.

In August, the Minister of Information and Culture, Alhaji Lai Mohammed said the Federal Government will not prosecute repentant terroristsbecause there are international conventions’’ that must be repected.

However, Ndume’s position contradicts the plan of the Nigerian army for hundreds of Boko Haram fighters that recently surrendered to the troops.

The Nigerian army had recently announced a de-radicalisation and rehabilitation initiative for the insurgents under the Safe Corridor programme.

But Ndume while speaking after a meeting with President Muhammadu Buhari on Saturday, September 4, 2021, rejected the initiative, saying ex-terrorists should not be left off the hook just because they surrendered.

The senator said, “My stance on this has not changed, only that maybe people interpret it the way they want. There is a national law that should guide all these and there is international law that guides this because this is not the first time we’re having this sort of challenge in various countries.

“Normally, when you get to war level, you are expected to either defeat the enemy or the enemy surrenders. Once the enemy surrenders, you lose the right of summarily executing him because he is an enemy. You also don’t have the right to summarily declare him innocent and say, oh, you have sinned, go and sin no more.

“What I’m saying initially and I still maintain this position, in as much as we welcome the surrendering of the Boko Haram, it is very important that we follow the due process, according to the law of the land and the international law.

“That is to say, take them in, profile them, process them, investigate them, interrogate them and then those that are innocent, should be let go, and those that have blood on their hands, they should be appropriately prosecuted.

“Once the person surrenders, now, he has an advantage. Once you surrender, you cannot just be summarily convicted, you will be given the right to go to court and declare your innocence or otherwise. That is what I’m asking for.”

Ndume’s position corroborated his earlier stand that the army should not treat the repentant insurgents with kid gloves.

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