The Senate on Wednesday called on the Federal Government to stop granting amnesty to so called repentant terrorists.
Restating its earlier opposition to the programme, the Chairman of the Senate Committee on Army, Senator Ali Ndume, who briefed newsmen after the Army’s Budget defence said a recent attack in Damboa town by the insurgents was done in collaboration with a repented Boko Haram terrorist who gave out information of the movement of troops.
“The position of the executive is different. I still maintain that position. You can’t be pampering people while their victims are still there. In my own village, malams, elders that are 65 to 70 years, more than 75 of them were taken to an abattoir and slaughtered by Boko Haram.
“Can you imagine that the Nigeria Army and the Nigerian Government are saying that it’s because these people have gone to repent and you are bringing them back and you pamper them?
“I have 10,000 of them there. If you give each of them N50,000, they will go back home tomorrow. They are displaced, they are suffering. They know these Boko Haram and their parents.
“The recent attack in Damboa was carried out by a repentant Boko Haram giving information as in the movement of the army. The General that was killed was a victim.
“They can be kept as prisoners of war. After that, you profile them and charge those that are supposed to be charged to court and those that are victims of Boko Haram that were forcefully conscripted should be released” he said.
Ndume also commended the United Arab Emirates government for the jailing of sponsors of Boko Haram.