Nigerian Army has freed 128 suspected Boko Haram detainees after certifying that they had no link with the terrorists.
Chief of Army Staff, COAS, Lt.-Gen. Tukur Buratai handed over the detainees to Borno State Governor, Kashim Shettima at a ceremony yesterday in Maiduguri, the state capital.
The Army chief said that the detainees included 109 men, 7 women, 11 boys and one unattached teenager, whom he said were arrested at different parts of the state by the military in its counterterrorism operations.
This will be the second time the military will be freeing suspected Boko Haram members since July 6 this year when 182 suspects were freed, after a team of investigators cleared them of involvement with the group.
The COAS stressed that, after thorough screening by a team of military intelligence officers, the Police and the Department of State Security Service, DSS, the suspects were found to be clean and were released.
The COAS added that the action was an indication that the military was made up of highly trained officers, who believe in observing human right.
According to him, “The task of Operation Lafiya Dole can be seen in three terms – to defeat the insurgents, to facilitate humanitarian activities and observe human rights and restore the administrative functions in the liberated areas.
“We are here to formally hand over those arrested in the process of our operations; we are pleased to hand over the 128 suspects that have been cleared by the joint intelligent core, which comprised the Army, the Police and DSS,” he said.
“This is clear manifestation that the Army is clearly professional,” Buratai declared and expressed optimism that the Boko Haram terrorism would soon come to an end, assuring: “We will continue to emphasis that this terrorism will soon come to an end.
“We have been supported by President Muhammadu Buhari; we are getting more equipment and we are getting more of our troops redeployed to the operation.”
He commended the Borno government for its support for the military in the anti-terrorism war.

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