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Army frees 593 Boko Haram detainees

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The Nigerian military on Monday set free 593 detainees after they had been cleared of any association with the Boko Haram sect.

The head of the military operations in the North-East, Maj.-Gen. Lucky Irabor, handed over the detainees to the officials of the Borno State Government at a ceremony in Maiduguri.

Irabor, represented by Brig.-Gen. Abdulrahman Kuluya, said that the detainees were released on the directive of the Chief of Army Staff Lt.-Gen. Tukur Buratai.

“The military has made several efforts in ensuring that peace return to the North-East by conducting different operations. Lots of efforts have been made to get us where we are today,” he said.

Irabor said 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 (innocent) persons arrested in the course of the anti-insurgency war in the North-East will not stay a minute more than necessary.

“(Innocent) detainees either arrested by the military or arrested and brought to the military by other people will not be allowed to stay more than necessary,” he said.

Irabor pointed out that the detainees were released after being cleared by the Joint Investigation Team of the military.

He said that they were handed to the state government for psycho-social support before their final reintegration into the society.

Receiving the detainees, the Welfare Officer at the Bulumkutu Rehabilitation Centre, Mrs Ladi Musa, thanked the military for the gesture.
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