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Army set free 249 suspects cleared of membership of Boko Haram

By Baba Kura Mallam, Maiduguri 

Chief of Army Staff has approved the release of 249 people who have been cleared via investigation of membership of the dreaded sect, Boko Haram in Maiduguri, Borno State capital. 

This forms parts of the directives handed down by the Chief of Army Staff, Lt.-Gen. Tukur Buratai being implemented by a Joint Interrogation committee. 

A breakdown of those cleared and released included about 169 males, 46 women and 34 children. 

Further breakdown shows that 203 of those released 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. However, 2 of them were from the Republic of Cameroon. 

The released persons were handed over to Borno State government through the Commissioner for Local Government by the Acting General Officer Commanding 7 Division, Brigadier General Victor Ezugwu. 

The two foreigners were however handed over to the Borno State Command of the Nigerian Immigration Service.

In his remarks, the 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.

Also, the troops of Forward Operation Base, 33 Brigade deployed in Burra, Bauchi State along with some local vigilantes conducted patrol along Unguwar Kanawa-Rugar Abdulsalami-Diwa Village-Dutsen Zaki with the aim of clearing cattle rustlers, armed bandits and kidnappers operating in the general area.

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