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President Jonathan Orders Release Of Over 165 Terror Suspects Cleared By JIT

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Over 165 suspected terrorists arrested in the course of military operation are to be released from from custody on President Goodluck Jonathan’s directive.

This was made known in a press released signed by the director of information of the defence headquarters.

The suspects, who are from Borno, Yobe and Adamawa states, were earlier recommended for release by the Joint Investigation Team (JIT).

Read the press release below:

OVER 165 TERROR SUSPECTS TO BE RELEASED ON PRESIDENTIAL DIRECTIVE

Over 165 persons apprehended in the course of military operations on terror in three states in the North-East are to be released from custody in compliance with Presidential directive.  The suspects are those earlier recommended for release by the Joint Investigation Team, (JIT) set up by the Defence Headquarters last year.  Of the number, 157 are from facilities in Borno,  9 from Yobe and one suspect from Adamawa.

It will be recalled that other detainees, particularly women and children have benefitted from similar gestures which started in May last year.  More suspects in this category are also to benefit in the present exercise.

The suspects will be released to their respective state governments.

CHRIS OLUKOLADE

Major General

Director Defence Information

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