The Arewa Consultative Forum (ACF) has advised the Nigerian federal government to ensure the prosecution of all repentant Boko Haram terrorist members according to the law. ayokinews.com reports
The group noted that every member of the terrorist group who repents must be prosecuted as far as they’ve committed one crime or the other against the Nigeria populace.
This was made known in a statement issued and released by the ACF National Chairman, Audu Ogbeh, while addressing newsmen in Kaduna on Tuesday.
The ACF made it known that the same repentant terrorist members were once causing serious mayhem such as bombing, arson, killing, kidnapping, armed robbery and also commanders of the deadly Islamic group hence they must not go unpunished.
The statement reads, “We are currently witnessing large scale surrender of large numbers of Boko Haram insurgents, among whom are bomb makers, commanders, arsonists, rapists, and child snatchers. Do we have good reason to cheer and hope for an end to this decade-old insanity?
“Is ‘I am sorry’ enough to bring relief to Nigerians and the thousands of dead and maimed? What of those victims bombed in the churches, mosques, schools, and markets?
“What of all the men and women in uniform murdered by them? Who can count the thousands of widows and orphans they have created?
“And what is the difference between them and the Ighoho’s or ESN of Nigeria? None.
“So what do we do with them? Should we just embrace them and trust them wholesale? Are their moves informed by altruistic repentance? We seriously doubt it.
“We join the Governor of Borno, the Shehu of Borno, Senator Ndume and millions of Nigerians in pondering over this development and our simple advice is: Bring them to trial, or free all others presently in custody anywhere, while we Nigerians plead guilty of naivety and gullibility in the extreme, punishable by more insurrection and anarchy.”