The 7 Division of Nigerian Army in Maiduguri on Thursday freed and handed over 42 suspected Boko Haram members to Governor Kashim Shettima at the Government House.
The Deputy Director Public Army Relations Officer, Col. Sani Usman said the suspects were arrested but have been found to have nothing to do with Boko Haram activities. The freed suspects were given N100,000 each by the Army to resettle themselves.
Three of the suspects from Chad, Burkina Faso and Cameroon national are said to be repatriated immediately by the Nigerian Immigration Services (NIS).
Usman then called on the people of Borno to continue cooperate with the military by giving useful information on how to end insurgency.
Governor Shettima while receiving the suspects announced that some of them will be engaged in their various areas of trade.
He said, “An idle mind they say is the devils workshop therefore we cannot allow you people to be idle. From your introduction, some of you are drivers, others are tailors some students. All the drivers would be immediately engaged by the state government and the tailors too will be usefully for our free uniform for school children.
“For the students, I am going to assist you to go back and complete your studies. Others will also be taken care off appropriately.”
He however warned them not to take vengeance against the military for detaining them, while urging them not to engage in anti social activities.
He also thanked the army for their commitment to the fight against insurgency and their show of transparency by releasing the suspects.
A student from university of Maiduguri in the Chemistry Department who spoke on behalf of the freed suspects thanked Shettima for his gesture and prayed for his re-election.