Abuja - More than 165 persons apprehended in the course of military operations on terror in three states in the North-East are to be released from custody.
This is contained in a statement issued in Abuja and signed by Maj.-Gen. Chris Olukolade, Director of Defence Information.
The statement said the release was in compliance with Presidential directive.
It said the suspects to be released were those earlier recommended for release by the Joint Investigation Team (JIT) set up by the Defence Headquarters in 2013.
“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 benefited from similar gesture which started in May, 2013.
"More suspects in this category are also to benefit in the present exercise. The suspects will be released to their respective state governments.''