Northern Governors Begin Search For Boko Haram Sponsors

Governors of the 19 Northern states on Friday inaugurated a committee to look at the activities of sponsors of Boko Haram with a view to prosecuting them.
The Chairman, Northern Governors’ Forum and Governor of Borno State, Alhaji Kashim Shettima, while inaugurating the committee at the Hassan Katsina House in Kaduna, noted that the days of the deadly sect were numbered considering the current bombardment of the insurgents by troops.

He added that with the superior fire power of the troops, the insurgents had been dislodged from their strongholds in the North-East.

He said the committee, which comprised the attorneys-general and commissioners of justice of the 19 Northern states, was given the mandate to review the criminal justice system in the North.
Shettima said the inauguration of the committee became necessary in view of the problems of insurgency, cattle rustling, armed robbery and kidnapping confronting the Northern states.
According to him, the committee has two months to carry out its assignment.
The governor asked the committee to conduct a thorough and meticulous review of the penal code with a view to pointing out its weaknesses and constraints in the overall administration of criminal justice system in the North.
Shettima said, “The committee should also look at the condemnable activities of the sponsors of the insurgency and come up with legally pragmatic, appropriate and proportionate punishment.

“The committee should also focus specifically on parents, who because of some pittance, sacrifice their children as suicide bombers. Such parents must be made to face the full wrath of the law.
“The committee also has the mandate to carefully analyse the various emergent security challenges confronting the Northern states and determine how best to incorporate them into the penal code for proper and effective administration of justice.”


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