March 18, 2016: Cameroon has sentenced 89 Boko Haram militants to death in accordance to its new anti-terror laws introduced in 2014.
The 2014 anti-terror law introduced the death penalty for person found guilty of terrorism activities and this is the first instance that anyone has been sentenced to death under the same law.
The 89 terrorists are among 850 militants in custody in Cameroon for having Boko Haram linkages in the northern part of the country that borders Nigeria the home-base of the Boko Haram Islamist insurgents.
Cameroon bolstered its war against Boko Haram after its leader Abubakar Shekau in January 2015 threatened to attack her president and the country at large if he didn’t quit his vendetta against the insurgents. This triggered numerous attacks from the militants in the north of Cameroon and a directly lethal reaction against the militants from the government.
The death sentence in Cameroon is in line with the new terror laws that are quite opposite to Nigeria where thousands of arrested militants have been held in a special prison where they are undergoing rigorous rehabilitation.
Boko Haram seeks to establish an Islamist state in northeastern Nigeria and has waged a seven-year violent campaign to that end, killing thousands of people and displacing two million others.