Maiduguri - The Nigerian Army on Friday released 565 Boko Haram women and children detained by the military to the Borno State Government, reports NewsDay.
Majority of them are believed to be families of the insurgents saved after the military took over the camps during operations.
The General Officer Commanding the 7th Division of the Nigerian Army in Maiduguri, Brigadier General Victor Ezugwu handed over the 566 persons to the government at a rehabilitation and reintegration centre newly opened in Maiduguri.
Governor Kashim Shettima who received them explained that Borno State under his leadership will continue to cater for the children and families of the insurgents in order to break the Boko Haram cycle of violence as a way of securing the future of the state.
A breakdown of the number according to the Nation shows 355 breastfeeding children babies, 149 breastfeeding mothers and 62 under-aged.
It was the fourth time the military handed over such families and detained suspects freed to the Borno state government.
- News 24