Army Frees Another 125 Boko Haram Suspects in Borno
Barely two days after the 7 Division of the Nigeria Army in Maiduguri, the division yesterday freed another 125 persons who were arrested months ago as Boko Haram suspects, but later found to be innocent.
The army freed and handed them over to the Borno State government in Maiduguri.
Spokesman of the 7 Division, Maiduguri, Col Usman Sani, who led the freed detainees to government house Maiduguri said the suspects were arrested on September 23, 2014 during a military raid of vehicles conveying livestock to the southern part of the country.
Col Usman said after thorough military investigation of some arrested 152 suspects, 125 were deemed clean and were asked to be released by the army headquarters.
Presenting the suspects to Governor Shettima, the army Divisional spokesman said, “The 125 have been certified free of all allegations and we’re directed by army headquarters to hand them over to the state government for onward return to their respective families”.
One of the released detainees told journalists in a separate interview that they spent 45 days in the military detention facility in Biu town.
“We had spent over 45 days in military detention but we thank God that our lives were spared. We went through pains and suffering there, but we can’t blame them much since they were magnanimous to release us in this time when human life is no longer valued”, said Taujul Girema Dusila, a 35 years old livestock merchant.
Another freed suspect, Abba Ali, a 31 years old truck driver said most of them were natives of Damboa local government in Borno State but had to flee the town to Gombi in Adamawa state.
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