THE Senate yesterday asked the federal government to follow the example of United Arab Emirate, UAE, in fishing out sponsors of Boko Haram in Nigeria for immediate prosecution.
It also took a swipe at the Nigerian Army over its amnesty for repentant Boko Haram terrorists who have engaged in massive killing and wanton destruction of properties and called for a total jettisoning of the programme.
Speaking with journalists yesterday in Abuja, shorty after the closed door meeting with the Chief of Army Staff, General Yusuf Buratai, for the defence of 2021 budget proposals, Chairman, Senate Committee on Army, Senator Mohammed Ali Ndume, APC, Borno South, noted that the UAE did a good job by jailing those sponsoring Boko Haram, lamenting that the pace of prosecution in Nigeria was too slow.
He also declared that granting repentant Boko Haram terrorists amnesty might be counter- productive to the war against terror. The call by the Upper Chamber for the unveiling and prosecution of Boko Haram sponsors came a few days after six Nigerians were jailed in the United Arab Emirates for sponsoring Boko Haram.
Ndume said: “We are very grateful to the government of UAE and we are still appealing to our government to bring those directly or indirectly involved in Boko Haram activities to book immediately.