COAS Orders Release of 249 Cleared Suspects

The Chief of Army Staff, Lt. Gen. Tukur Buratai has ordered the release of 249 suspects arrested by troops in connection with Boko Haram activities in the north eastern region of Nigeria.
This followed their clearance and found not to have any link with the terrorist group.
A statement from Army Headquarters said the detainees, including 34 children and 46 women, were handed over to the Borno State government at a brief ceremony in Maiduguri, the Borno State capital, with the army saying they had been found innocent of the crimes for which they were held
A further breakdown shows that 203 of them were from 18 Local Government Areas of Borno State, while 44 were from other States.
Adamawa has 2, Jigawa 2, Lagos 1, Oyo 1 and Yobe 38 while 2 of them were from the Republic of Cameroon.
The statement said: “The released persons were handed over to Borno State government through the Commissioner for Local Government 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.”
They were advised to remain law abiding and go about their lawful businesses.
They were each given a token of N3, 000 for transport back to their respective states.

Author: News Editor

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