Nigerian Army deny release of Boko Haram Ex Fighters
The Nigeria Army has dismissed claims that 1009 Ex Boko Haram fighters were handed over to the Borno state government.
The Nigeria Army in a press statement signed by Brigadier General Onyema Okechukwu, the Director Army Public Relations on the 15th July 2021 made clarification of the event that happened.
In the statement the military authority said “The Nigerian Army NA) has been notified of a media publication alleging that the NA has handed over 1009 Ex-Boko Haram fighters to Borno State government.
The report also alleged that the event was shrouded in secrecy.
The Nigerian Army say “this news is clearly one of those attempts to lower army morale and denigrate the NA by relying on unverified reports and falsehood”.
While the NA does not want to become involved join issues with the masterminds of this false story, it is necessary to clear the air.
The military explained that “the fact that some terrorism/insurgency suspects have been arrested as a result of the current Counter Terrorism Counter Insurgency Operations (CTCOIN) in the North East is undeniable. These suspects have been held in custody while being profiled and further investigated by experts from the Joint Investigation Centre (AC), and those found guilty are usually handed over to prosecuting agencies, while those not involved in terrorism or insurgency are cleared and released to the state government for rehabilitation before being reintegrated.
These people were released as a result of rigorous process. These exonerated suspects are not ex-Boko Haram combatants, as claimed in the stated web report by the masterminds.
On Wednesday, July 14, 2021, a total of 1009 cleared suspects, including ex-fighters, were released following this tough process.
Recall that certain Nigerian media outlets reported on how the Nigerian military handed over 1009 Boko Haram fighters to the Borno state government. Hajiya Zuwaira Gambo, the Commissioner for Women Affairs and Social Development, received them on behalf of the Borno state government.
The Nigerian Army (NA) urges the general public to disregard this misinformation, as it is clearly a manipulation and distortion of the event’s truth and reality.