JTF Release Shekau’s Wife, Three Children, Others
She was released last week alongside Malama Zara, wife of slain leader of the group, Mohammed Yusuf, and seven other wives of top commanders of the Boko Haram sect who have been in detention for months.
Also released are three children of Shekau as well as 13 others who were arrested alongside their mothers in various locations in Yobe State, the source said.
The detainees were handed over to the Yobe State government which in turn handed them over to the Borno State government. They were later reconnected with their families in a brief ceremony which took place at the executive chambers of the deputy governor of Borno State, Zanna Umar Mustapha.
The women and children, who were brought to Maiduguri by Barrister Aliyu Shehu, the special adviser to the Yobe State governor and the Commissioner for Women Affairs, Asma ‘u Kolo, we’re received by Borno Attorney-General and Commissioner for Justice, Barrister Kaka Shehu, and other top government functionaries on behalf of Governor Kashim Shettima.
Shekau’s wife and children were arrested by the JTF in a rented apartment in Damaturu about 10 months ago, after thoroughly searching the house they occupied and recovered sophisticated weapons before the building was demolished.
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