1,009 People Released In Borno Are Suspects, Not Boko Haram, Army Defends

 The Nigerian Army has dismissed the report of alleged release and handover of over 1,009 ex-Boko Haram fighters to Borno State government.

Director, Army Public Relations, Brig. Gen. Onyema Nwachukwu, in a statement on Thursday, said the claim wasn’t true.

Nwachukwu said the report also alleged that the event was shrouded in secrecy.

According to him, it is important to set the records straight.

“It is an indisputable fact that the ongoing Counter Terrorism Counter Insurgency Operations in the North East has led to the arrest of several terrorism/insurgency suspects.

“These suspects have been held in custody while undergoing profiling and further investigations by experts from the Joint Investigation Centre; and those who are found culpable are usually handed over to prosecuting agencies accordingly.

“Those who are not implicated in terrorism and insurgency are cleared and released to the state government for rehabilitation before they are reintegrated into the society.

“These cleared suspects are, therefore, not ex-Boko Haram fighters, as alleged.

“A total of 1,009 cleared suspects, not ex-fighters, were therefore released after this rigorous process on Wednesday, July 14,” he said

Nwachukwu said that the handing over of the cleared suspects was not shrouded in secrecy, “as it was witnessed by United Nations Humanitarian and government agencies in tandem with global best practice.”


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