... Sur­ren­der and be treated as POWs – Army

Daily Trust - - NEWS - From Eu­gene Agha, La­gos

The Di­rec­tor, De­fence In­for­ma­tion, Col. Rabe Abubakar, yesterday urged Boko Haram mil­i­tants to sur­ren­der and be use­ful to their fam­i­lies and the coun­try, say­ing those who sur­ren­der would be treated as Pris­on­ers of War (POWs) and pro­tected in ac­cor­dance with United Na­tions rules of en­gage­ment.

Ad­dress­ing de­fence cor­re­spon­dents in Bonny Camp, Vic­to­ria Is­land, La­gos, Col. Abubakar said a com­mit­tee known as ‘Safe Cor­ri­dor’, had been set up by the Chief of De­fence Staff (CDS) Gen­eral Abay­omi Olonishakin, to han­dle cases of Boko Haram mem­bers who sur­ren­der.

Ac­cord­ing to him, mem­bers of the com­mit­tee have been briefed ad­e­quately on the process. He urged the mil­i­tants to sur­ren­der so that there can be peace in the North East and Nige­ria to en­cour­age in­vestors into the coun­try.

‘’There is a clear pol­icy di­rec­tive that any­one who sur­ren­ders should be treated as a Pris­oner of War. His dig­nity, in­tegrity and hu­man rights must be seen pro­tected. So far, so good, this is be­ing re­alised. A lot of them are sur­ren­der­ing and as soon as we fin­ish with their cases, I be­lieve their iden­ti­ties will be made known. We are do­ing this for se­cu­rity rea­sons but once we fin­ish with them, I be­lieve the rel­e­vant author­i­ties that they will be handed over to will make their iden­ti­ties known to all Nige­ri­ans’’, he said.

Abubakar said the mil­i­tary was do­ing ev­ery­thing pos­si­ble to end the war within Pres­i­dent Muham­madu Buhari’s dead­line, urg­ing cit­i­zens to re­port any in­ci­dent no­ticed to be per­pe­trated by the group.

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Some Boko Haram sus­pects af­ter their sur­ren­der to sol­diers in Bama, Borno State.

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