While Boko Haram and ISWAP terrorists keep surrendering to the Nigerian Army, bandits are yet to see the importance of that as they keep attacking people in the Northwest and I am so sure that security operatives will leave no stone unturned in ensuring that bandits who are not willing to repent and surrender are dealt with.
As the most wanted Bandit's leader, Alhaji Goma Sama'Ila has been arrested in Kaduna State after involving in various criminal acts, ranging from stealing of cows, to kidnapping of people in Northwest, it will go a long way in the fight against terrorism and what I expect the Nigerian Military to do is to interrogate this man and obtain valuable information from him that will be helpful in tracking down other bandits who have refused to repent.
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Should Repentant Bandits Be Integrated Into The Military?
This question is subject to debate as most people might be of the view that it is outrightly wrong for bandits to be integrated into the military after they have repented, while others may not see anything wrong with it.
In my own view, I think bandits who are willing to repent and turn over a new leaf should not be on the streets and in our communities because terrorists hardly change and they might become 'moles' when rehabilitated and reintegrated back into the society. While engaging my mind thoughtfully on whether repentant bandits should be integrated into the military, the thought of moving them into a special detention facility for the sole purpose of de-radicalization kept flashing through my head.
Since they have been in the business for long, I was thinking they could serve as informants by supplying useful information to the Nigerian Military.
What do you have to say concerning this debatable topic?
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