Armed Forces Remembrance Day: Army Releases 257 Boko Haram SuspectsThe Nigerian Army on Sunday, as part of activities to mark the 2017 Armed Forces Remembrance Day celebration, released 257 Boko Haram suspects to the Borno State government.
Borno state deputy governor, Alhaji Usman Durkwa, received the detainees comprising of men, women and children, at the Ramat Square in Maiduguri.
Head of the army’s counter-insurgency operation in the North East (Operation Lafiya Dole), Maj-Gen Lucky Irabor, said the 257 Boko Haram suspects were screened and found to be clean.
Irabor is quoted by the Punch to have said, “After screening them, we found them clean, but we will ensure that they are monitored even after the release.”
Borno state Governor Kashim Shettima, who was represented by his deputy, while giving his address, paid tribute to fallen heroes who gave their lives for the unity of the nation.
“We must be committed to ensure that the labours of our heroes past are not in vain. I appeal to all to contribute in catering for the family they left behind. I commend the Nigerian Military and other security agencies for restoration of Peace to Borno and the North East,” he said.