One hundred and twenty eight suspected members of Boko Haram were on Wednesday set free by the Nigerian Army in different locations of Borno State.
The Chief of Army Staff, Lt. General Tukur Buratai while speaking during the release of the suspects to the state governor, Alhaji Kashim Shettima, argued that the detainees have been carefully screened by a joint intelligence cell, which includes the Nigerian Army, Police, DSS and representative of Borno State government.
The army chief also explained that the army has three major tasks in the fulfilment of its role in the counter insurgency war in the North-East.
These, according Buratai include: facilitating humanitarian support to all agencies involved in humanitarian activities, defeat of the insurgents and the restoration of administrative function of all the areas liberated.
According to him, “To attest to the fact that the Nigerian Army is a right body, we preserve human rights in the course of our duty and also maintain dignity of the individuals. The human right has vindicated the Nigerian Army, as we protect the territorial integrity of the country and defend its citizens.”
In addressing the freed insurgents, the governor charged them to desist from involving in unlawful activities.
According to the governor, “Through the magnanimity and professionalism of the Nigerian Army, you have been released and will be fully integrated into the society. You should abstain yourselves from criminal activities, as the government is ready to empower you so that you will be good citizens that can bring development to the society.”