Army releases 244 repentant Boko Haram insurgents



    Chief of Army Staff Lt. Gen. Tukur Buratai
    Chief of Army Staff Lt. Gen. Tukur Buratai

    By Rabiu Sani
    The Nigerian Army on Monday handed over 244 repentant Boko Haram insurgents launched from detention to Borno Government.

    The Theatre Commander, Operation Lafiya Dole, Maj.-Gen. Rogers Nicholas, disclosed this whereas presenting the launched detainees to Gov. Kashim Shettima, on the Military Cemetery, Maimalari cantonment, Maiduguri.

    Nicholas mentioned that the detainees have been launched as a part of actions to commemorate the 2018 Armed Forces Remembrance Day.

    He disclosed that the detainees comprised 118 males; 56 females; 19 youngsters and 51 youngsters.

    “The Chief of Army Staff, Lt.-Gen. Tukur Buratai, ordered the discharge of the repentant Boko Haram detainees and their members of the family.

    “The detainees have been de-radicalised for reintegration into the society. We are handing over the detainees to Borno Government for administration ,” he mentioned.

    Shettima counseled the navy over the successes recorded within the counter-insurgency operation.

    He mentioned that the navy had made important contributions and sacrifices to the restoration of peace within the area.

    He prayed for the repose of the souls of the fallen heroes and known as on communities and organisations to help their households, in order to enhance their dwelling situation.

    The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) studies that highlights of the occasions embody: laying of wreath by Gov.Shettima and different dignitaries on the event, whereas a particular prayer session was held for the fallen heroes on Sunday and Friday.

    The occasion was attended by Maj.-Gen. Ibrahim Yusuf and I Olabanji, the General Officers Commanding 7 and eight Divisions, Nigeria Army.

    Others are: the Commissioner of Police, Mr Damian Chukwu, Heads of Customs and Immigration companies, group and spiritual leaders.