Upon release of 249 Boko Haram suspects, the Nigeria Army showed an act of humanity and gave out a token of N3,000 to each person to help them start life anew.
The order for their release was give by the Chief of Army, Lt. General Tukur Buratai after being cleared by the Joint Military Interrogation team in Maiduguri.
A formal statement by the Acting Director, Army Public Relations, Colonel Sani Kukasheka Usman, said those cleared and released include: 169 males, 46 women and 34 children making it a total of 249 people – with each identified whom are from Borno State, Adamawa, Jigawa, Lagos, Oyo and Yobe State.
Two of the released suspects were from Cameroon.
The statement said:
“The released persons were handed over to Borno State government through the Commissioner for Local Government and Emirate Affairs, Alhaji Usman Zanna by the Acting General Officer Commanding 7 Division, Brigadier General Victor Ezugwu. The two foreigners were however handed over to the Borno State Command of the Nigerian Immigration Service.”
Those released Boko Haram suspects were therefore advised by the Commission to remain law abiding and go about their lawful businesses.
Alhaji Zana lauded efforts of the military in the fight against Boko Haram terrorism in the endemic areas of Nigeria, and their respect for human rights as manifested in the painstaking efforts that led to their clearance and subsequent release.
Despite terrorists bombardment by the army, victory over Islamic insurgent is yet to be declared as the case of Chibok girls is still hanging. However, the military has received substantial recognition all over Africa as one of the strongest battalion to withstand terrorists.