Abuja - The Nigerian Army said on Monday that a total of 249 suspected Boko Haram terrorists and accomplices, arrested by troops in several mop up operations, have been released on the orders of the Chief of Army Staff, Lt. General Tukur Buratai after they were cleared by the Joint Interrogation team in Maiduguri, Vanguard reports.
A statement from army headquarters gave the breakdown of the cleared and released suspects to include “169 males, 46 women and 34 children.
Further breakdown shows that 203 of them were from 18 Local Government Areas of Borno State, while 44 were from other States as follows; Adamawa 2, Jigawa 2, Lagos 1, Oyo 1 and Yobe 38 while 2 of them were from the Republic of Cameroon.
In his remarks, the Borno State Commissioner advised the released detainees to remain law abiding and go about their lawful businesses. He also commended the effort of the military in the fight against terrorism and insurgency and respect for human rights as manifested in the painstaking efforts that led to their clearance and subsequent release. Each of them was given a token of N3 000 each.
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The release of the cleared suspects came as troops of 101 Battalion, 7 Division Garrison on foot patrol along with some elements of Civilian JTF, intercepted a suspected male suicide bomber at Sabon Gari Jidari and demobilized the primed IED he was carrying.
Acting Director of Army Public Relations, Col Sani Kukasheka Usman, named the suspect as Yusuf Tasiu.
He was allegedly carrying primed Improvised Explosive Devices (IEDs) concealed in a stabilizer casing.
Meanwhile the newly-appointed General Officer Commanding (GOC) 8 Task Force Division in the Nigeria Army, Brig. Gen. Ali Nani, has pledged to intensify the war against the Boko Haram according to News24.
Nani takes over from the outgoing Acting GOC, Brig Gen. Chukwuemeka Okonkwo, who was re-assigned on Thursday.
- News 24