Nigerian Army releases 348 ‘cleared’ Boko Haram suspects

Three hundred and forty eight suspected members of the terror sect, Boko Haram, were let out of incarceration yesterday in Maiduguri by the army to mark Nigeria’s 56th independence anniversary.

The suspects were handed over to the Borno State government after investigation showed that they had no links with the sect. The event held at the Ramat Square civic centre.

The General Officer Commanding, 7 Division Nigeria Army, Brigadier-General Victor Ezugwu, said the review of the cases of the suspects “involves a painstaking and continuous process as directed by the Chief of Army Staff who emplaced measures to guarantee societal and individual human rights.”

He said the army had investigated all suspects arrested and found 348 of them to be in the clear. The number comprises 114 males, 107 females, and 127 children. Among the children, 115 are minors.

Governor Kashim Shettima, who received the cleared Boko Haram suspects, commended the army for ensuring that the suspects’ human rights were protected during their days in custody.

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