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Army Frees 348 Detainees in Borno for Independence Anniversary


The Nigerian Army has released no fewer than 348 persons, who have been in detention, suspected to be Boko Haram sympathisers.
The suspects were said to have been released to the Borno State Government.
The event, which took place Saturday, to mark the 56th Independence Anniversary celebration, held at the Ramat Square Civic Centre , Maiduguri, Borno State capital.
Brigadier General Victor Ezugwu, the General Officer Commanding, 7 Division Nigeria Army, said the Command was acting on the directives of the Chief of Army Staff, Tukur Buratai, to investigated the suspects who were arrested at different locations in the state.
He said the Division under his command had investigated all suspects arrested and found 348 of them to be in the clear. The number comprises 114 males, 107 females, and 127 children. Among the children, 115 are minors. He said those found to be innocent, were set free.
Ezugwu said: “The review of the cases of terrorists suspects in our custody involves a painstaking and continuous process as directed by the Chief of Army Staff who emplaced measures to guarantee societal and individual human rights”
Some of the cleared suspects said it took the Army over five months to screen them and establish that they did not belong to the deadly sect.
The Governor of Borno State, Kashim Shettima, who received the cleared Boko Haram suspects, commended the Army for ensuring that the suspects’ human rights were protected while in custody.

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