Emerging report reaching on Thursday morning, indicates that the Nigerian Army on Wednesday, released 1,009 former boko haram terrorists, who had been in its custody at Giwa Barracks, in Maiduguri, the Borno State capital.
The former terrorists were reportedly handed over to the Borno State Government, in a secret ceremony that was initially billed to take place at an earlier date, but was suspended indefinitely by the Military authorities, at the wake of the appointment of the new COAS.
According to sources in the Army, the former terrorists were handed over to the Commissioner for Women Affairs and Social Development, Hajiya Zuwaira Gambo, who represented the State Government at the event.
The Officer said: “The Army handed 1,009 boko haram insurgents to the State Government today (Wednesday). It was done in secret. We were warned not to allow Journalists to the venue.”
Efforts to reach the Army Public Relations Officer, Operation Hadin Kai, Col. Ado Isa, proved abortive.
Also, Gambo did not reply to a text message sent to her phone.
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