Under the directive issued by President Goodluck Jonathan, all women in detention for terror-related offences would be freed.
Consequent upon that Presidential directive, those to benefit from the gesture have been communicated to field units and the Joint Task Force.
Director of Defence Information, Brig Gen Chris Olukolade said in a statement yesterday that modalities for the release and the beneficiaries will be released to their state governors who will be involved in further rehabilitation before they are handed over to their respective community leaders/relations.
Gen Olukolade’s full statement reads: “Consequent upon the directives of the President, Commander-in-Chief of the Armed Forces of Nigeria, the Defence Headquarters will be releasing from detention a number of persons being held in connection with terrorist activities.
“The move is in furtherance of the Federal Government position in response to requests by the Presidential Committee on Dialogue and Reconciliation. The measure which is in line with Presidential magnanimity to enhance peace efforts in the country will result in freedom for suspects including all women under custody.”
The Defence spokesman added: “Details of the directives and those to benefit from this gesture have been communicated to field units and the Joint Task Force.
“The beneficiaries will be released to the state governors who will be involved in further rehabilitation before these suspects are released to their respective community leaders/relations.”