Barely 48 hours after the Nigerian Army handed over 42 suspected members of Boko Haram to the Borno State Governor, Kashim Shettima, another set of 125 suspected members of the Islamic sect have been released.
At the handing over ceremony held on Saturday, November 8, 2014, in Maiduguri, Borno State, the Nigerian Army 7 Division spokesman, Usman Sani, informed newsmen that the freed persons were among the 152 Boko Haram suspects earlier apprehended in the state in September 2014.
Sani told journalists that the suspects were released after they were absolved of any involved in any of the sect’s activities.
He explained that the military authorities felt compelled to release the suspects since they had no links with the terrorists group, which has caused death of thousands of people in the northeast region of Nigeria.
It was learnt that the released persons were arrested during military raids in the state following attacks of Boko Haram.