The Attorney-General of the Federation, AGF, and Minister of Justice, Abubakar Malami has stated that the federal government will go after sponsors of Boko Haram insurgents, stressing that investigation into that has since begun with a view to unravelling the root cause of the insurgency.
Malami spoke through a Director in the Ministry of Justice, Mrs Lola Eket, while addressing members of a group identified as Lawyers United for Equality and Human Rights Advocacy, who were on a peaceful protest to the Ministry.
He maintained that Boko Haram could not have gone to the extent they got if there were no strong sponsors of the terrorists, disclosing that a Judicial Commission of Inquiry would be set in motion to unravel how the menace found its way into the country.
“In the past, no Nigerian will commit suicide under any persuasion, and the way they have sustained onslaught against the state since they started, it seems they were being sponsored and I assure all of you that Judicial Commission of Inquiry would be set up to investigate where sponsorship of Boko Haram were coming from,” the AGF said.
Leading the protest of about 100 members, the Convener, Barrister Samson Esekhaigbe, in his address, called for the arraignment and prosecution of Boko Haram sponsors, who he said should be charged to the International Criminal Court for the death of those killed by the terrorists.
“Part of the reason we are concerned was the mistakes of the past where government relaxed in prosecution of heinous act which in our reasoning was responsible for emergence militancy afresh,” he stated.
“A situation where over 10,000 people have been senselessly killed was alarming and so far there was no sign of prosecution at the International Criminal Court,” he added.