President Buhari orders release of 348 Boko Haram Suspects

President Muhammadu Buhari has ordered the immediate release of 348 suspected Boko Haram members.

The detainees comprised of 107 women, 127 children, and 114 men.

All suspects were handed over to the Bornu State Governor Alhaji Kashim Shettima at a parade which held in Ramat Square, Maiduguri.

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The handing over was done by the acting General Officer Commanding (GOC) of the 7 Division of the Nigerian Army, Brig. Gen. Victor Ezegwu.

General Ezegwu said the suspects were arrested at various camps and havens of the insurgents in Borno State, North-east Nigeria.

He said they have been investigated and found to be innocent of involvement in insurgency.

He equally revealed that out of the 127 children released 115 were within the age bracket 5-10 years, while 12 of them fall within the range of 11 years and above.

He said some suspects who were also investigated are however going to be prosecuted for civil crime and have been handed to the Police and the Department of State Services (DSS).

He disclosed that in this class are six foreigners who illegally entered Nigeria.

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They include four Cameroonians, a Chadian and a Jamaican and would be separately handed to the Nigerian Immigration Service (NIS) for deportation.

Ezegwu disclosed that yesterday’s release was the fifth by the 7 Division since his assumption as the GOC of the command.

According to him, the move was in line with President Buhari’s gesture to ensure that fairness and justice is used in the conduct of operations against terrorists.