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Over Boko Haram Members Convicted For Terror-Related Crimes
Speaking at the opening of an international seminar on the Observance of Human Rights and International Humanitarian Law in Internal Security Operations here Monday, Adoke said the considerable efforts of the government had been made possible through prosecution of the sect members under the Terrorism Prevention Act 2011 as amended in 2013.
The attorney-general commended the roles of members of the armed forces and other law enforcement agencies in containing terrorism and other related crises in the country.
Adoke noted that the military had been effective in maintaining law and order and restoring normalcy to many crises areas in the country.
He recalled the incidence in Odi, Bayelsa and Zaki Biam, Benue in 2001 in which damages were awarded against Nigeria in billions of Naira by the International Criminal Court (ICC) based at The Hahue in the Netherlands.
"The court awarded N37 billion (US$226 million) against the Federal government in respect of the Odi incident and N42 billion for the Zaki Biam incident, which was later negotiated to eight billion Naira.
"The unpleasant consequences of the extra-judicial killing of Malam Yusuf Mohammed, leader of the Boko Haram sect in Borno in 2009, still reverberate in the polity despite the N100 million compensation that the courts ordered the government to pay to the deceased's family.
"The government can ill-afford to bear these huge financial liabilities in the face of increasing responsibilities and dwindling resources," he said.
Adoke also made reference to the criticism that trailed the deployment of troops to the troubled North-East states and the Baga incidence in Borno.
Civil disturbances in the central, Kaduna, Plateau, the militancy in the Niger Delta and the terrorist activities of the Boko Haram had been under preliminary analysis by the ICC.
"The (ICC) prosecutor's report of Aug 5, 2013 established that the Boko Haram sect was carrying out crimes against humanity as prescribed under Article 7 of the Rome Statute of the ICC, particularly murder and persecution," Adoke said.
"The prosecutor has since proceeded to the admissibility stage of determining whether Nigeria is 'willing and able' to prosecute the perpetrators of these crimes."
Adoke declared that the government would continue to take necessary steps to discharge its primary responsibilities of ensuring security and welfare of the people.
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