The frustration on why Nigeria
could possibly continue to fail to give death sentences to murderous Boko
Haram terrorists while it sentences robbers and others to death,
was cemented today as the Attorney General of the federation denied
the prescription of death for murderous terrorists.
As reported in the news, Mallam Abubakar Malami, the AGF told
Amnesty International guests that "convicted members of the Boko Haram
sect in the country could not be executed because the laws under which they
were tried did not prescribe death sentence."
It is criminally perplexing to
realize that Nigeria's young AGF does not know the law or chooses to disregard
it to selectively "protect" Takfiri Boko Haram terrorists.
Nigeria's Terrorism Prevention Act of 2011 as amended in 2013,
Part 1, subsection 4 states:
"(2) without prejudice to
sub-section (2) of this section, where death results from any terrorist act,
the penalty shall be death sentence."
It is explicitly stated: death for
terrorists who kill.
In February of 2013 a Senate session
unanimously resolved on the "Bill for an Act to amend the Terrorism
(prevention) Act, 2012,” brought forward by its Conference Committee during
plenary, that there was no alternative to punishing terrorism offenders than
death. [See Vanguard, February 20, 2013: Senate okays death penalty for terrorists]
While Nigeria's armed forces has
demonstrated its willingness to act pre-meditatively on several occasions, as
the new primary law enforces ahead of the police, in
Abia and Zaria, assuming the role of judge, jury and
executioner, granting immediate death sentences to Nigerian protesting and
praying youth, it is perplexing to see that the Attorney General of the
federation expected to intervene with immediate probes in cases of suspected actual
violations, rather positions himself selectively in protection of Boko Haram
terrorists in clear violation of Nigeria's laws.
Nigeria is making camps for
"repentant" Boko Haram terrorists. Under the AGF and the current
heads of Security, with the above thinking, will terrorists who have killed
human beings be not only spared death in violation of the law of the land and
laws of God, but even be released to walk among regular people?
Who can call the AGF to order?
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