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[NEWS]: Boko Haram Committee Visits Kabiru Sokoto, Others In Prison

The Presidential Committee on Dialogue and Peaceful Resolution of Security Challenges in the North on Thursday 9th May, 2013 visited the Kuje Prisons in Abuja where it met with the mastermind of the Christmas Day bombing in Madalla, Niger State, Kabiru Sokoto and 39 other detained members of the Boko Haram.
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The visit was in continuation of the committee’s consultations with stakeholders in the country over the violence unleashed on various parts of the North by Boko Haram insurgents.

THEWILL had exclusively reported yesterday that the committee had met some members of the Boko Haram in prison on Wednesday and would continue the consultation with the detainees today (Thursday).

Mr Nuhu I Zuru, an Assistant Controller of Prisons, was on hand to receive members of the committee during the visit.

Chairman of the 23-member committee, Mr. Kabiru Tanimu Turaki, who is also the Minister of Special Duties, told State House correspondents on the committee’s entourage after the three hours one-on-one meeting with the incarcerated Boko Haram members, that the consultation was in furtherance of the committee’s mission.

According to Turaki, the committee, which started working on Monday, had met with different arms of the security agencies in the country, including the State Security Service (SSS), Nigeria Police Force (NPF) and Office of the National Security Adviser (ONSA).

The Minister of Special Duties also explained that, on Tuesday, the committee met with the ONSA and a day after, had a meeting with the SSS and the police, stressing that this provided them with opportunity of getting access to some detention facilities of the latter.

Turaki, who said the Boko Haram sect members gave the committee full cooperation, did not disclose what the suspects told them in camera. Instead, he said they were looking for ways to have constructive dialogue with all Nigerians across the board as he appealed for understanding and prayers in order for them to succeed.

“As some of you may have noticed, we have had very useful discussions with some inmates that are being held here on the allegations of being either members of Jamatul Alhus Sunnah on accounts of terrorism or acts related there to. 

“We have had cause in the past to speak to members of Jamatul Alhus Sunnah and in doing so, to tell them that members of this committee are people of proven integrity, are accomplished Nigerians that have been carefully selected by Mr. President to come and do this national assignment,” he stated.

While clarifying that the committee’s brief was not to secure or grant amnesty but to encourage dialogue among stakeholders, he said the essence of the committee was not to get the group to cease fire alone but to attain a total ceasefire.

“We do not have any grudges against anybody, do not harbour any ill feeling or prejudices against anybody. We have resolved and we have pledged and will continue to pledge that in carrying out this assignment…” he stated.


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