Boko Haram: Nigerian Army releases 983 suspects

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Boko Haram: Nigerian Army releases 983 suspects

Boko Haram: Nigerian Army releases 983 suspects

The Nigerian Army on Wednesday released 983 suspects cleared of links with Boko Haram insurgents.

Theatre Commander, Operation Lafiya Dole Maj.-Gen. Olusegun Adeniyi, (OPLD), made the disclosure in Maiduguri at the formal handing over of the suspects to the Borno Government.

Adeniyi disclosed that the suspects comprised of 978 males and five females.

NAN reports that the affected persons were detained at a military facility over suspected links with the insurgents.

Adeniyi explained that the suspects were cleared by the Joint Investigative Panel set up by the authorities.

The commander added that the suspects were cleared of any links with insurgents and certified fit for reintegration with their families and society.

“The release of the suspects marked a milestone in the Operation Lafiya Dole to defeat insurgency and restore peace to the region.

“The Federal Government implemented the Operation Safe Corridor to encourage insurgents to surrender for rehabilitation and integration into society.

“I call on the insurgents to surrender to enable them benefit from the opportunities of the programme.

“Their aim for a caliphate will not be actualised, I call on the insurgents to surrender.

“Let Shekau and Albarnawi to die alone, they are defeated and you should not die with them,” Adeniyi said.

Adeniyi who commended the Borno Government for its support to the military, advocated for skill training programme to enable them to learn trades and engage in productive activities.

The Nigerian Army has released 983 suspects cleared of alleged links with Boko Haram terrorists.

The Theatre Commander of Operation Lafiya Dole, Major General Olusegun Adeniy, handed over the detainees to the Borno State Governor, Babagana Umara-Zulum in a ceremony in Maiduguri on Wednesday.

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Adeniyi said the release is sequel to months of investigation in which the over  900 out of those detained at the military detention centre were found to be innocent.

Governor Zulum in response applauded the military for the release and assured that all is set to receive rehabilitation of the former detainees before reuniting them with their families.

The The International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) recently published that 22,000 persons have disappeared since 2009 with their whereabouts unaccounted for in crisis ravaged north east Nigeria.

According to ICRC the figure of the missing persons is the highest number of missing persons registered with the organisation in any country.

The Red Cross said that some families were often separated while fleeing attacks, while others have had loved ones abducted or detained and do not know their whereabouts.

Some of the missing persons are believed to be in the custody of the Nigeria Army, following raids over suspicion of allegiance to Boko Haram.

Boko Haram: Nigerian Army releases 983 suspects

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