The Defence Headquarters has released over 165 suspects apprehended in the course of anti-terror operations in three states in the North-East, following a directive by President Goodluck Jonathan.
This was disclosed yesterday in a statement signed by the Director of Defence Information (DDI), Major-Gen. Chris Olukolade.
According to Olukolade, the suspects were those earlier recommended for release by the Joint Investigation Team (JIT) set up by the Defence Headquarters last year.
He explained that 157 out of the number of persons released, were from facilities in Borno, nine came from Yobe and one suspect from Adamawa.
The Defence Spokesman also said, “other detainees, particularly women and children have benefitted from similar gestures which started in May last year.
He further disclosed that more suspects in that category were also to benefit in the present exercise.
“The suspects will be released to their respective state governments”, he said.
The interim report by the Presidential Committee on Dialogue and Peace in Northern Nigeria had last year recommended the measure as part of government’s multi-faceted strategy to solving the security challenges posed by the activities of the sect.
A presidential directive was consequently given for the release of detained wives and children of Boko Haram members, with a bid to convince the sect members to dialogue with government.