Human Rights Writers Association of Nigeria, HURIWA, has described as unmitigated illegality, treasonable felony and treacherous disobedience of the Nigeria grund norm, the recent public announcement by the Defence headquarters that it plans to reintegrate some surrendered Boko haram terrorists
The group(HURIWA) called on the government to halt the move immediately saying it was insensitive, irresponsible and heart-rending.
HURIWA pointed out that the wives and families of soldiers that have lost their lives fighting these terrorists would be hurt by the move if the Nigerian government reintegrates these repentant terrorists.
The group said this in a media statement by the National Coordinator Comrade Emmanuel Onwubiko and the National Media Affairs Director Miss Zainab Yusuf.
HURIWA, meanwhile, has also urged President Muhammadu Buhari to personally investigate why the Police Trust Fund he recently instituted cannot stand on its own financially talk more of providing logistical supports to the near-moribund Nigeria Police Force.
Recall that Army Spokesman Brigadier General Onyema Nwachukwu had announced that over 1,000 members of Boko Haram and their families have surrendered to the troops, including some key leaders of the dreaded Islamic sect
The army spokesman added that surrendered terrorists will be received, processed and passed on to the relevant agencies of Government for further assessment in line with extant provisions.
And HURIWA restated its earlier call for a Law based War on Terror and Promotion of National Security in which case terrorists must never be pampered, reintegrated or rehabilitated without following the due process of the law.
The human rights group said that anyone who has participated in a terror campaign leading to the killing of nearly 40,000 civilians must be prosecuted in the Competent Courts of law in line with section 6 of the Constitution.
“In the same vein, the government must engage in a law-based war by enforcing anti-terrorism laws.
“Unfortunately usual extrajudicial killing of high profile suspects suggests a pattern of cover-up. Both Mohammed Yusuf and Alhaji Buji Foi, Boko Haram leader and the financier respectively, suffered the same fate while in police custody.”
“Closely related is the manner of enforcement of the law on the subject; enforcement must be within the arm bit of general sense of legality.”
The group called on Buhari to personally “investigate why the Police Trust Fund can’t stand on its own many months after being inaugurated just as the Rights group said it is either that the central and state governments jointly REVIVE the Police Trust Fund or the agency should be folded to avoid frittered scarce public fund only paying salaries to employees who aren’t actually working in line with the statutory mandate of the Police Trust Fund. “