The Nigerian Army has released 593 Boko Haram detainees after they were cleared of having links with terrorist group.
Theatre Commander of Operation Lafiya Dole, Maj.-Gen. Lucky Irabor, handed over the detainees to officials of the Borno Government at a ceremony in Maiduguri on Monday.
Irabor who was represented by Brig.-Gen. Abdulrahman Kuluya, said they were released based on directives from the Chief of Army Staff, Lt.-Gen. Tukur Buratai.
“The military have made several efforts at ensuring that peace returns to the North-East by conducting different operations.
“Lots of efforts have been made to get us where we are today,” he said.
Irabor also revealed that some suspects were arrested in the course of the operations in the North-East.
“The Chief of Army Staff has always made it clear at different fora that all persons arrested in the course of the anti- insurgency war in the North-East will not stay a minute more than necessary.
“Persons either arrested by the military or arrested and brought to the military by another person will not be allowed to stay more than necessary,” he said.
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