Some of the 155 rehabilitated ex-Boko Haram members during their graduation and discharge ceremony in Gombe yesterday Photo: NAN.

Senator Ben Murray-Bruce (PDP-Bayelsa East) has stated that the release of ‘repentent’ Boko Haram members was responsible for current attacks.

In a post on his Twitter page, the media mogul said this has also resulted in the failure to curtail the insurgents in the North East region of Nigeria.

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Murray-Bruce wrote: “The anti-terror war of this administration is not working because of its policy of releasing ‘repentant’ Boko Haram members.

“You can’t expect fire to go out when you are resupplying the fire with fuel. Don’t give terrorists a slap on the wrist. Give them a dirty slap on the face!”

The Al Barnawi faction of Boko Haram had attacked the 157 Task Force Battalion based at Metele in the northern part of Borno state, killing scores of the Nigerian troops while others were injured.