Dr. Ona Ekhomu
Ekhomu who suggested a minimum reward of N5m would be a good motivation for people to help security operatives with information said this while reacting to the successful security operation that dislodged Boko Haram terrorists from Balmo forest in Bauchi last week, a statement on Thursday said.
Ekhomu, who is the President of the Association of Industrial Security Operators of Nigeria, said: “The Federal Government should establish a ‘Rewards for Justice Programme’ that will provide reward money of a minimum of N5m for information leading to the arrest and capture of any Boko Haram fighter. Funds from SURE-P can be used to finance this incentive.
“The recent intensification of attacks by Boko Haram, including the Emab Plaza bombing and the Nyanyan bombings and the seizure of over 200 school girls in Chibok signify the audacity of the terrorists who feel that they can overwhelm the Nigerian government and people, and take over our territory like other terror groups have done in Mali and Iraq. This Al-Qaeda brand must not be allowed to flourish in Nigeria.”
“Boko Haram fighters are fighters from hell and do not mean well for us. There are foreign fighters embedded in the group and they are bent on destroying human lives and assets,” he added.
Ekhomu, however urged Nigerians to stop criticising Nigerian soldiers, saying that people should not expect foreign soldiers to come and “lay down their lives fight for us.
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