Nigerian military releases 600 Boko Haram suspects
No fewer than 600 people suspected to be Boko Haram have been released by the Nigeria’s military.
This was disclosed on Monday, through a statement by the military spokesman, who said that the people were let off after clearing them of having ties with the Islamist militant group Boko Haram.
The chief of army staff directed that those arrested be “released unconditionally if found not to have anything to do with insurgency or Boko Haram”, said Brigadier General Abdulraman Kuliya. He added that the 593 who were freed comprised elderly people, men, women and children.
The military has arrested thousands in its fight against an insurgency aimed at creating an Islamic caliphate in northeast Nigeria.
According to the authorities, insurgency, now in its eighth year, has killed over 20,000 people and forced over two million from their homes.