Boko Haram, Sept 21 – Assuring the international community and the Nigerians that the Repentant Boko Haram terrorists won’t go unpunished for their crimes committed.
There was a massive surrender of some members of the Boko Haram terrorist, however, Major Gen Christopher Musa – The Theatre Commander of Operation Hadin Kai, said his troops were vigilant and alert.
“Nobody will just accept thousands of surrendering Boko Haram terrorists who have committed atrocities, take them in and say go, your sins are forgiven.
“Definitely, we are not taking anything for granted; we remain focused. Part of our training and part of our laws in rules of engagements is that even when you are fighting somebody and he surrenders, you cannot shoot him and when you get him, you have to treat him well, you will give him shelter just like any other person.
The military has no power to prosecute the insurgents
“But most people don’t really understand, they look at them and said we are pampering them. No, we are just doing what we are supposed to do but the law will naturally take its course. Nobody will take them in afterwards and say go, no, it doesn’t work that way,’’ the Major added.
When he was voicing his opinion on the issue of the repentance, Gen Musa explained that “The military has no power to prosecute the insurgents rather than to profile them and investigate them before handing them over to the necessary authorities for appropriate sanctions on the extent of offences committed as stipulated in the extant laws.
“A lot of innocent lives have been lost and developmentally, the region has gone backwards many years and it will take a long time before it can recover. It is important that we get this straight up, so we can start with rebuilding efforts.
‘’Sometimes when you discuss with some of the insurgents that have surrendered, they tell you they don’t even understand how they are surrendering and are coming out in droves.
From Lafiya Dole to Hadin Ka
“Now, it behoves on all of us to put all hands on the table and I am sure that is why the name of the operation was changed from Lafiya Dole to Hadin Kai to ensure that for you to be on the field and achieve success, you need everybody to be on board, both members of the military, civilians, the locals because it is within the locals that the insurgents sneak in.
“So, if you are able to get your locals on your side, it will make it very difficult for them to move and that is why what we are doing is very important. I want to say the media has been wonderful, we receive positive results and we know that nothing in life is 100 per cent because you will have people that will support, you have people that will not also support you, it is understandable, that is because it’s part of life.
‘’We will always insist that we do the right thing and we also take it down because not everybody perceives what is going on, not everybody understands what is going on but it is our duty to remain focused until we achieve our aim.
“That’s why we were able to talk to the governor and advised him to call the stakeholders meeting and stakeholders meeting was held about three weeks ago and every stakeholder in Borno State was invited, from the media and business, victims all from the medical. Everybody came to the hall and we discussed – ullamas, the imams, from CAN and we talked to ourselves truthfully.
“The media is also a partner in progress in every society and we don’t take it for granted because the local media here has been very helpful. We tell them that we will not lie to you, whatever question you have, whatever doubt they have, we will clarify with them and then let them know what is really going on.
“Sometimes, if the operation is going on, we definitely cannot tell you, so we don’t compromise the operations because, in the long run, we are all working towards the success of the country.”
ISWAP Is Now Recruiting New Members
The ISWAP – Islamic State in West Afric Province has reported having been undergoing massive recruitment of new members. The Spokesperson of the Nigerian Army Noted.
Adding that the public should be on the lookout to avoid such recruitment and he also urges the media to help block the ISWAP recruitment.
“I will like to mention that the ISWAP, very recently, having been depleted by the surrendering of their members, as well as conflict between them, has embarked on what I will call a massive recruitment drive and I consider it very important to engage the media to block this recruitment.
“The Boko Haram insurgents have been surrendering. People have questioned the authenticity of the surrendering of these insurgents and why they are surrendering at this time.” – Onyema Nwachukwu, spokesperson of the Nigerian Army, said.