Boko Haram’s chief bomb expert, others granted amnesty

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The alleged chief bomb expert of Boko Haram and Islamic State of West Africa Province (ISWAP) terrorists in Borno State known as Musa Adamu a.k.a Mala Musa Abuja and his second in command, Usman Adamu a.k.a Abu Darda along with their family members and followers, have been granted amnesty after they surrendered on Saturday.

According to a statement signed by Brigadier General, Director Army Public Relations, Onyema Nwachukwu, on Monday, the development which occurred on Saturday follows the recent escalation of offensive operations coupled with non-kinetic efforts by Nigerian Army troops of the operation HADIN KAI (OPHK).

Among the repentant terrorists (335 fighters, 746 adult women and children) was a Chibok girl who had been in captivity since April, 2014.

The terrorists surrendered to the troops in Bama Local Government Area of the state.

They carried placards asking Nigerians to forgive them and kicking against terrorism.

The acting General Officer Commanding (GOC) 7 Division and Commander Sector 1 OPHK Brigadier General Abdulwahab Adelokun Eyitayo, was also present at the Headquarters 21 Special Armoured Brigade Bama on Saturday to receive them.

Military officers hand clothes to repentant Boko haram terrorists handed

He commended their decision to drop their arms and urged them to also encourage their brothers and colleagues in the forests to come out and embrace the new life of peace and rehabilitation.

Repentant Boko haram terrorists
Repentant Boko haram terrorists

General Eyitayo who spoke through an interpreter further said they will undergo some rehabilitation at a government facility before their reintegration into the larger society.

In the meantime, new clothes, food items, groceries, and toiletries were distributed to them.

The subject of amnesty has been met with controversy as many believe that granting pardons to the insurgents could compromise the country’s security architecture.

Repentant Boko haram terrorists
Repentant Boko haram terrorists

One of those who has been vocal against the idea is Chairman, Senate Committee on Army, Ali Ndume.

He believes the provision of blanket amnesty to insurgents has the tendency to breed new forms of criminality in the country.

“I don’t think blanket amnesty is the solution because if you do that, another form of criminality may emerge (with insurgents) hoping that the government will bring them to the negotiating table,” he said when he made an appearance on Channels TV’s Politics Today in February.

Senator Ndume said the government must strive to get to the root of the situation to ascertain what the true cause of the banditry problem is.