ARMY FREES 593 BOKO HARAM DETAINEES
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 .
Musa said that the state government had already provided enough facilities at the centre for the rehabilitation of the detainees