The Governor of Borno State, Babagana Zulum, has said the concept of deradicalisation of Boko Haram terrorists otherwise known as Safe Corridor is not working as expected.
Zulum said this while delivering his speech at the North-East Governors Forum meeting which held on Wednesday at the Banquet Hall, Government House, Bauchi State.
Present at the meeting are Governor of Borno, Adamawa, Gombe and Bauchi, while Taraba and Yobe states were represented by their deputies.
According to Zulum, those who have passed through the deradicalisation initiative often go back to rejoin the terror group after they have spied on their host communities who often resent their presence.
He also added that the host communities where the reintegration process is going on usually resent the presence of Boko Haram terrorists, even if they have been de-radicalized, because of the despicable and atrocious activities they have committed in the past.
He stressed that the best option is to immediately prosecute the terrorists, in accordance with the Terrorism Act.
However, those people who were forcefully recruited but have been rescued or have escaped from the group, should be the ones to be subjected to the deradicalisation process.
The g overnor lamented the delay witnessed in the prosecution of terrorists, advising that state Attorney-Generals should be allowed to have powers in the process.