Insurgents Won’t Be Encouraged To Surrender If Repentant Colleagues Are Prosecuted – Zulum

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Gov. Babagana Zulum
  • Zulum said the mass surrender of insurgents is a “God-sent” opportunity that can at least reduce the ranks of violent criminals

EKO HOT BLOG reports that Governor Babagana Zulum of Borno State has ruled out the prosecution of repentant insurgents.

While presenting the 2022 budget at the State Assembly, Zulum said insurgents will not be encouraged to surrender if repentant insurgents are tried in court.

He said, “Mr. Speaker, Honourable Members, we need Allah’s guidance and the utmost wisdom to work for an end to the crisis facing our dear state.”

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“Prosecuting all the criminals (insurgents) would have been most appropriate but if we insist on it, we would discourage others out there that are willing to lay down their arms.

“The terrorists’ ranks could swell and our innocent fellow citizens, particularly those in local government areas, could become more vulnerable to attacks and abductions.

He said none of the insurgents that surrendered to the military has been reintegrated into the society and that the de-radicalisation measures do not mean that any insurgent “can kill today, surrender tomorrow and walk go scot free.” Those who are willing to surrender must from now on stop further attacks on civilians, security agents and facilities,” he said.

Zulum said the mass surrender of insurgents is a “God-sent” opportunity that can at least reduce the ranks of violent criminals.

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