Amid the controversy trailing the rehabilitation and reintegration of repentant Boko Haram insurgents into the society, Senator representing Borno south, Ali Ndume has said repentant terrorists who have blood on their hands should be investigated and prosecuted.
Ndume said this after a meeting with President Muhammadu Buhari, in Abuja on Saturday September 4.
The Chairman of the Senate Committee on Army stressed that the former insurgents cannot be let off the hook just because they have surrendered. According to Ndume, a person who surrendered has an advantage and cannot just be summarily convicted.
The senator said such people will be given the right to go to court and declare their innocence or otherwise.
“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.”