The Nigeria army set 182 Boko Haram suspects under its custody in Maiduguri, Borno State capital, free.
The suspects, Naij.com reports, were kept in Maimalari Barracks in Maiduguri.
Col. S.K Usman, army spokesman, said the joint intelligence community authorized the release of the suspects and allowed them go scot free.
He said the release was in commemoration of Nigeria army day, which was held on July 6, to commemorate the first gunshot during the Nigerian civil war.
According to him the prisoners were released to Borno State Governor, Kashim Shettima.
He listed the released prisoners to include 40 boys, 24 women, 199 adult men and 18 children.
As part of the National Army Day celebration, Usman said the army opened a new military centre, provided two days free medical treatment for indigenes of Borno State.