Cameroonian Government sentences 89 members of Nigerian Islamic militant group, Boko Haram to death
The death sentence passed on to about 89 members of Nigerian nefarious death cult, Boko Haram by the Cameroonian government has been described by a counter-terrorism expert as being counterproductive.
David Otto, CEO of UK-based global security provider TGS Intelligence Consultants claimed that the latest judgement will only prompt retaliatory attacks on civilians from the Islamist terrorists, adding that they may even start targeting southern Cameroon.
He said: “The government has no clue on the potential martyrdom effects this will create. One must be reminded that no amount of punishment frightens a man who is not afraid of death. Boko Haram will surely react and possibly reach the South.”
“The Cameroonian government has weighed the cost benefit analysis of deradicalisation and reintegration into society and it has chosen the cheapest option, attaching a legal justification on it,” said Otto. “The government has to be careful not to draw Cameroon into a global jihadist lens. I suspect we will see some attacks within the next eight weeks.”
A military court had in Cameroon issued the judgement on Boko Haram prisoners after the country passed an anti-terrorism law permitting the death penalty in 2014.
The 89 Boko Haram fighters, who were among 850 people arrested, have been convicted on terror charges for their roles in several attacks in Cameroon’s northern region which borders Nigeria.
Also corroborating with Otto’s views, a preventive terrorism expert and author, Temitope Olodo, maintained that the death sentence will increase the possibility of attacks.
She said; “The use of the death sentence should be discouraged because it is not an effective deterrent to violent extremism. The sentencing would rather motivate the insurgent that encourage them to carry out more attacks against Cameroon in the name of revenging the death of their falling comrade.”
Boko Haram has killed thousands of people since its insurgency became violent in 2009, however, the death sentence passed on 89 members of the ruthless death cult has drawn criticism from human rights groups, while some Cameroonians hope it would put a halt to the insurgency.