The Nigerian Army has released 275 persons detained following suspicion of being involved in terrorist activities.
Forty-nine out of the detainees are women while 22 are minors. Two Nigeriens and two Cameroonians are also among those released.
Theatre Commander of the Operation Lafiya Dole, Major General Hassan Umaru, handed over the detainees not found culpable to the Borno State Governor, Kashim Shettima, in a ceremony at the 7th Division Headquarters Maimalari Barracks.
“In line with the principles of equity, justice and fairness, we deem it fit to release them to their families.
“Their stay in detention has not been palatable due to restrictions imposed and loss of freedom. We see it as their contribution and sacrifice to the return of peace to our country,” he said
Governor Kashim Shettima noted that vindicating the detainees is a testimony to the professionalism of the Nigerian Army.
He urged the freed suspects to be worthy ambassadors of the fight against terrorism and insurgency.
The suspects were picked from various spots within and outside Maiduguri in different raids six months ago.
The former Chief of Army Staff, Kenneth Minimah, had in July 2015 released 182 suspects. 128 others were released in September 2015.
A total of 582 persons have so far been released from military detention facilities under the operation.[Channels]