By Charles Nwabardi
The Senator representing Borno South, Ali Ndume has called for investigations and prosecution of repented Boko Haram insurgents “that have blood on their hands”
In recent times, over 1000 Boko Haram fighters with their families have surrendered to the Nigerian army.
Speaking on Saturday after a meeting with President Muhammadu Buhari, in Abuja, Ndume said any former terorrists who had killed innocent Nigerians, should not be left without punishment.
He 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.