The Nigerian Army has handed over 275 Boko Haram terrorists suspects after screening by its intelligence unit to Governor Kashim Shettima to re-unite them with their families. The occasion took place today, Friday at Maimalari Cantonment in Maiduguri, Borno State.
The freed suspects are 142 males, 49 females, 22 under-aged, 50 female teenagers, 2 Nigeriens, 2 Cameroonians while 8 cases that are criminal in nature are to be transferred to Nigerian police for further action.
The Theatre Commander of Operation Lafia Dole, Major General Hassan Umoru said he is privileged to formally hand over the cleared terrorists suspects to the Borno State government through Governor Kashim Shettima.
Gen Umoru congratulated the suspects who were about to regain their freedom and commended the efforts of the army interrogation team who worked tirelessly to make the day a reality.
Speaking after receiving the suspects, Governor Kashim Shettima said the day bears another testimony of a sense of professionalism, justice, equity and fairness of the Nigerian Army.
“This 275 suspects were picked from various locations at different times and were adjudged to be clean after thorough investigations by the Nigerian Army and are being released to Borno State government to re-unite them with their families”.
This bears testimony as I said earlier to the fact that we are running a professional and disciplined force contrary to insinuations from several quarters, insinuating on extra judicial killings, arbitrary detentions and dehumanization of citizenry ”
“This is about the third time we are receiving Boko Haram detainees to be re-united With their families. For our brothers and sisters who have regained freedom, I urge you to be good ambassadors, to go back home and be the catalyst for promoting peace in your respective communities ”.
The Governor promised to provide training on skills acquisition to the men and women while those of school age among them will be enrolled to various schools in the state.
Gift items were presented to the 275 freed suspects who sang the National Anthem joyfully.