5 July 2011
OVER 100 members of the Boko Haram sect arrested by the State Security Service (SSS) will not face prosecution, but will be won over by the government, to make them denounce the group and give details of the workings of the sect to government.
Assistant Director, Public Affairs of the service, Marilyn Ogar, who made the disclosure at a press briefing at the service headquarters, on Monday, disclosed that the men, made up of key cell commanders, as well as rank and file members of the group, were apprehended in six northern states of Bauchi, Kaduna, Kano, Yobe, Borno and Adamawa.
Ogar, at the briefing, also disclosed that the service, through information provided to it by patriotic Nigerians, had succeeded in demobilising about 12 improvised explosive devices (IEDs), popularly called home made bombs, in Kaduna State between May 23 and June 27.
Explaining why those arrested would not face prosecution, she said the decision was in line with the “carrot and stick” policy adopted by President Goodluck Jonathan in dealing with the Islamic group.