The Nigerian Army has handed over to the Borno State Government, 244 repentant Boko Haram insurgents formerly in their detention.
The Theatre Commander, Operation Lafiya Dole, Maj.-Gen. Rogers Nicholas, disclosed this while presenting the released detainees to the Borno State Governor, Kashim Shettima, at the Military Cemetery, Maimalari cantonment, Maiduguri.
According to Nicholas, the detainees were released as part of activities to commemorate the 2018 Armed Forces Remembrance Day.
The repentant insurgents comprised of 118 males; 56 females; 19 teenagers and 51 children.
“The Chief of Army Staff, Lt.-Gen. Tukur Buratai, ordered the release of the repentant Boko Haram detainees and their family members,” he said.
“The detainees have been de-radicalised for reintegration into the society. We are handing over the detainees to Borno Government for administration.”
Governor Shettima of Borno State commended the military over the successes recorded in the counter-insurgency operation.
He said that the military had made significant contributions and sacrifices to the restoration of peace in the region and prayed for the repose of the souls of the fallen heroes and called on communities and organisations to support their families, so as to improve their living condition.
Highlights of the events include: laying of wreath by Governor Shettima and other dignitaries at the occasion, while a special prayer session was held for the fallen heroes on Sunday and Friday.
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