Defence Headquarters, DHQ, Abuja has denied media report suggesting that the military authorities have granted amnesty to 800 Boko Haram terrorists.
Instead, the DHQ described such publication false, malicious aimed at dragging the name of the military into the mud, stating that the decision to rehabilitate repentant Boko Haram members is based on a United Nations, UN convention and could not be considered as amnesty.
Amnesty is usually granted by the government, and according to a statement by the Acting Director, Defence Information, Brig. Gen. Rabe Abubakar, therefore called on the public to disregard such claim, stressing that it would not tolerate acts of terrorism or criminality by any group.
General Abubakar’s statement reads thus, “The attention of Defence Headquarters has been drawn to online Media stating that 800 Boko Haram Terrorists were given Amnesty. The story is false and has no iota of truth in it as DHQ has never mentioned Amnesty in all its statement.
“In line with United Nations convention Charter, which Nigeria is a signatory, The Defence Headquarters came up with an initiative “Öperation Safe Corridor”, this initiative is geared towards rehabilitating and reintegrating the repentant terrorists back into normal life in the society.
“Therefore, the general public should disregard these insinuations as the initiative “Operation Safe Corridor” should not be taken as Amnesty. We hereby emphasise and stand our position that no act of Terrorism or Criminality will be condoned in our nation by any group. Please be guided.”