The Nigerian Army on Saturday handed over 348 suspected but cleared persons belonging to the Boko Haram terrorists group to the Borno state government.
The detainees were handed over to Governor Kashim Shettima at a ceremony held at the Ramat square civic centre in Maiduguri today.
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During the handing over, the General Officer Commanding 7 Division of the Nigerian Army, Brig.-Gen. Victor Ezugwu, said the army had upon the directives of the Chief of Army Staff, Tukur Buratai, investigated the suspects who were arrested at different locations in the state.
Mr. Ezugwu, a Brigadier General, also added that those found to be innocent, were set free.
He said: “the review of the cases of terrorists suspects in our custody involves a painstaking and continuous process as directed by the Chief of Army Staff who emplaced measures to guarantee societal and individual human rights”.
“The process ensures that those captured while participating actively or passively in creating sorrow and mayhem in the society are screened out for necessary judicial recourse.”
“The overall goal is that the just and innocent citizens of Nigeria do not suffer injustice.”
Ezugwu said the detainees were made up of 114 adult male, 107 adult female and 127 children.
He said, “The Nigerian Army have duly investigated all the suspects who were arrested at various camps and found 348 of them innocent of involvement in terrorism.
“They are made up of 114 cleared male suspects, 107 cleared female suspects and 127 children.”