The federal government said it has no plan to prosecute repentant Boko Haram terrorists.
Information and Culture Minister Lai Mohammed disclosed this to the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Washington yesterday saying the stance is in line with the best practices globally.
“I personally spoke to the military authorities before I left Nigeria and they said what they were doing is what the global practice dictates about soldiers that surrendered that should be treated as prisoners of war,” the minister said.
“You cannot just shoot them because there are international conventions that give rights also to prisoners of war.
“What the military is doing is that when they surrender, they profile them to ensure that they are genuine and reintegrate them into the society,” Mohammed said.
There has been public outrage in the south over the prevailing integration of repentant terrorists into the society without having their days in court.