Nigerian Army Frees Another 125 Suspected Boko Haram Members

The 7 Division of the Nigerian Army in Maiduguri, again on Saturday freed another 125 persons who were alleged to have connection with the Boko Haram terrorist group.

It would be recalled that 42 persons who the division said it investigated and discovered had no links with sect were freed on Thursday and handed over to the governor of the Borno State, Kashim Shettima.

The spokesman of the division, Sani Usman, a colonel, who handed over the 125 persons to the governor said on September 23 in Bui, 254 persons were arrested while they were trying to escape from the state after an attack was launched on the camp of the sect.

He said authorities conducted a proper investigation into the activities of the arrested men and discovered that the 125 detainees had no link to the Boko Haram extremists.

Usman, however, noted that those who have been investigated and found culpable would be arraigned in the court of law.



    Shettima, who received the released detainees from the division, said the action in no small measure will build trust between the military and the Nigerian citizens.

    He said the 125 detainees were not treated badly while in detention as they were looking well-kept without any sign of torture, adding that it is a plus to the military.

    “It shows that the military are core professionals and know how to go about their duties,” he said.

    Shettima urged the released detainees not to seek vengeance just as he demanded that they contribute their quotas to the development of the society and ensure that peace is restored in the country.

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