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Grant amnesty, but be cautious say discussants in Plateau State

Discussants at the weekend (Saturday) threw their weight behind the proposed amnesty to be granted the Boko Haram sect members but were quick to urge the federal government to pay adequate compensation to the innocent victims of the sect. the programme was Details anchored by the Plateau Radio Television Corporation (PRTV).

The discussants had also advocated trans-border patrols to curb insurgency in the country. Focusing their discussion on the proposed amnesty for the sect, and proliferation of small arms and light weapons into the country, the discussants were unanimous in their support of the amnesty.

The discussants were, President, Young Ambassador for Community Peace and Inter-faith Foundation, Rev. Yakubu Pam; Manager, Executive Guard Security Outfit, Mr. Ferdinand Usoro; Director, Centre for Advocacy of Justice and Rights, Mr. Gad Peter Shamaki and APGA Media Consultant in the state, Salisu Ardo.

Usoro and Shamaki agreed that with the idea of amnesty to the Boko Haram but added that the committee constituted to that effect should engage in more consultation of the public with a view to taking a holistic approach and urged the law enforcement agencies and the judiciary should wake up to their responsibilities by prosecuting smugglers of firearms into the country.

According to Shamaki, “People wake up and do whatever they want to do because they have weapons at their disposal. If the security agencies are working the way they are supposed to work, if the judiciary is working the way it is supposed to work, the law will take its course and we will all be satisfied.”
For Usoro, he queried, “How do you control small arms like that when we don’t have border patrol and control?”

Contributing, Salisu Ardo and Yakubu Pam, said the amnesty committee should engage the sect in thorough discussion in order to know their exact demands, adding that religious and political leaders should check themselves at the same time to ascertain what actually went wrong.

AmarSim Associations Development Consultants

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