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Ndume blows hot, Noting that surrendered terroriststs  are killers hence must face the law

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Chuks Njoku

Mohammed Ali  who doubles as the Senate Committee on Army has insisted Boko Haram members who have surrendered should be profiled, interrogated and those with blood in their hands must face the law.

The  lawmaker who represent Borno South stated this after his close door meeting with  President Muhammadu Buhari at the State House, Abuja.
The former Senate Leader said the former insurgents, especially those that have blood in their hands, cannot be let go just because they have surrendered.

According to him, even though there may be innocent persons among them, some of who may have been used as slaves and human shields, they must all be processed according to national and international laws.

He maintained that since they have surrendered, they cannot be summarily executed just as no one has the right to let them go without following due process of the law.

Asked about his position on reintegrating the former insurgents into the Borno society, Ndume 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’s 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 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 in 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.

“I’m also saying that as long as the war is continuing, it is now time to apply the carrot and stick approach. While we are prosecuting the war rigorously, in order to bring it to an end, a window is there available to tell those that are willing to surrender, that you can surrender and then you will be processed accordingly.