Governor Kashim Shettima of Borno State has urged security agencies to ensure that anyone found with Boko Haram links face justice, even his own child.
The governor made the remarks in a seven-minute video clip released yesterday in Maiduguri where he noted that any citizen who chooses to affiliate with insurgents had committed a crime against humanity and must be made to face justice no matter who the person might be.
He said: “This is why I strongly say to security agencies, that anyone factually suspected of despicable links with the Boko Haram and other criminals should face justice even if that person happens to be one of my three biological children.”
He said some insurgents living outside battle fronts and those supporting them concealed their identities, making it impossible for innocent citizens to identify them and associate with them innocently.
The governor lamented renewed attacks by Boko Haram terrorists who use children as young as seven years.
Shettima who reminded the people of the state that the capture of Sambisa forest does not mean an end to terrorism, noted that the insurgents are now attacking soft targets such as schools, places of worship and markets which he described as signs of weakness.
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