Military Releases 1, 009 Ex-Boko Haram Fighters in Borno
The Nigerian military on Wednesday released 1, 009 ex-Boko Haram insurgents who had been in military custody at Giwa Barracks in Maiduguri, the Borno State capital.
The Punch reported that the former terrorists were handed over to the Borno State government in a secret ceremony that was initially billed to take place at an earlier date but was suspended indefinitely by the military authorities at the wake of the appointment of the new chief of army staff.
the daily reported sources in the army to have said the ex-terrorists were handed over to the Commissioner for Women Affairs and Social Development, Hajiya Zuwaira Gambo, who represented the state government at the event.
It quoted the source as saying, “The army handed 1,009 Boko Haram insurgents to the state government today (Wednesday). It was done in secret. We were warned us not to allow journalists to the venue.”
Insurgents have constituted a serious threat to security in Nigeria for about a decade, and have grown so much in strength and confidence over the time.
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