Military Clears, Frees 593 Boko Haram Detainees


BY MELVIN UCHE. MAIDUGURI – The Nigerian military on Monday freed 593 detainees suspected of being members of Boko Haram after been cleared of any association with the militant group.
The Theatre Commander of ‘Operation Lafiya Dole,’ Major-General Lucky Irabor, handed over the detainees to officials of the Borno State Government at a ceremony in Maiduguri.
Irabor, who was represented by Brig-Gen. Abdulrahman Kuluya, said that their release was based on the directives of the Chief of Army Staff, Lt.-General Tukur Buratai.
“The military has made several efforts in ensuring that peace return to the North-east by conducting different operations. Lots of efforts have been made to get us where we are today,” he said.
Irabor said that some suspects were arrested in the course of the operations in the North-east, “The Chief of Army Staff has always made it clear in different fora that all persons arrested in the course of the anti-insurgency war in the North-east will not stay a minute more than necessary.
“Persons either arrested by the military or arrested and brought to the military by another person will not be allowed to stay more than necessary,” he said.
Irabor pointed out that the detainees were released after been cleared by the Joint Investigation Team of the military.
He said that they were handed to the State Government for psychosocial support before final reintegration back to the society.
Receiving the detainees, Mrs Ladi Musa, who is the Welfare Officer at the Bulumkutu Rehabilitation Centre, thanked the military for the gesture. Musa said that the Borno State Government had already provided enough facilities at the centre for the rehabilitation of the detainees.

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