Nigeria army frees hundreds of cleared ‘Boko Haram’ suspects

Nigeria's army on Wednesday released nearly 1,000 detainees, some of whom had been held for years, after clearing them of…

Nigeria’s army on Wednesday released nearly 1,000 detainees, some of whom had been held for years, after clearing them of having links to the Boko Haram jihadist group.

A total of 983 people incarcerated in a military facility in the northeast city of Maiduguri were handed over to civilian officials for “rehabilitation and integration”.

Commander Olusegun Adeniyi said at a ceremony that those released had been “screened, investigated and cleared”.

The freed inmates, including five women, were handed over to the Borno state governor Babagana Umara Zulum at Giwa military barracks in the city.

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