- A religious group has begun campaign for the adoption of the whistle-blowing policy to eliminate Boko Haram terrorists in the north-east
- The group said the adoption of the whistle-blowing policy will help exterminate Boko Haram elements in the country
- The group also said it has began 40 days prayer which will facilitate the capture of Boko Haram leader Abubakar Shekau
A religious group on Tuesday, August 8, canvassed for the adoption of the whistle-blowing policy to eliminate Boko Haram terrorists in the north-east.
The group said the adoption of the whistle-blowing policy will help exterminate the use of bombers by insurgents in the region.
Speaking while addressing a press conference in Abuja, the leader of the Northern Inter-Faith and Religious Organization for Peace, Bishop Edward Chanamimade, said the growing use of bombers by the terrorists group is an indication that Boko Haram is defeated.
Chanamimade said the organization has also observed with keen interest the effort of the military in fight insurgency in the north-east.
He said: "These successes in thwarting Boko Haram attacks before they occur are the products of painstaking intelligence gathering. It is logical to assume that greater success would be recorded when citizens volunteer information about Boko Haram terrorists as their own contributions towards making the country safe for all peace-loving citizens."
Chanamimade said while remarkable successes have been recorded by the military, there is need to fashion ways to help completely eliminate the terrorists.
He said: "It is for this reason that we are revisiting the Whistle-blowers Policy of the Military in the counter-terrorism war.
"We recall that the Nigerian Army, not long ago offered N500,000 to some whistle-blowers as reward for providing information about suiciide bombers. This practice has been in place for some time but it appears Nigerians are not tapping into it as a way helping to make their own communities secured and safer.
"The introduction of whistle-blowing in the counter insurgency operations in the north east is no doubt a follow up to the order by the Acting President redeploying the entire military architecture of the country to the north east to confront the new wave of terrorism.
"Our appeal however is that the military should consider varying the rewards for whistle-blowing. Fear of retribution from the terrorists could be holding back some citizens that have vital information.
To this end, we suggest that the reward for certain level of whistle-blowing should include offer of relocation and provision of new identities under a whistle-blower protection programme. This would not only instill confidence in volunteering information but will encourage those that are in doubt to step forward."
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NAIJ.com earlier reported that the chief of army staff Tukur Buratai issued a final warning to all troops involved in the fight against terrorism in the north.
Buratai in his order urged the troops to pursue, intercept and apprehend fleeing members of Boko Haram group.
The army chief also maintained that the tempo of the military operations in the region will not be soft peddled.
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