As the wind of insurgency rages, the Nigerian Army on Monday, July 6, 2015 released about 182 suspected Boko Haram members who have been in detention for some months.
This was made known by the Chief of Army Staff, Lieutenant General Kenneth Minimah, in Maiduguri, Borno State capital during the 2015 edition of Nigeria Army Day Celebration (NADCEL).
He stated that investigations proved that the detainees were innocent of the accusation before handing them over to the state Governor Kashim Shettima at a military base.
Minimah said, “We are handing over 182 detainees who were suspected to have links with Boko Haram. They are 100 men, 24 women, 40 underage boys and 18 children.
“They have been cleared, we have decided to hand them over to the Borno State government.
“They have been thoroughly investigated and acquitted of any involvement in the activities of Boko Haram.”
While receiving the suspects, Shettima commended the military with a promise that the government will help them return to their normal life, reports Punch.