The Chief of Army Staff, Lt. Gen. Tukur Buratai, has approved the release of 249 cleared Boko Haram suspects and accomplices in Maiduguri, Borno State.
Following the Chief of Amry Staff approval, the army joint interrogation committee released the suspects to Borno State government on Monday.
Those cleared and released on by the army include 169 males, 46 women and 34 children.
The breakdown showed that 203 of the suspects were from 18 local government areas of Borno State, while 44 were from Adamawa (two), Jigawa (two), Lagos (one), Oyo (one) and Yobe (38).
Two of the freed suspects were from the Republic of Cameroon.
The released persons were handed over to Borno State government through the Commissioner for Local Government Affairs by the Acting General Officer Commanding, 7 Division, Brig. Gen. Victor Ezugwu.
The two foreigners were handed over to the Borno State Command of the Nigerian Immigration Service (NIS).
In his remarks, the commissioner advised the released detainees to be law abiding and go about their lawful businesses.
The question that should be in the minds of so many Nigerians, who would want to live peacefully in Borno and in the rest of Nigeria is, are these folks thoroughly and adequately vetted before being released into the society.
Th second question is how is the authoruity going to ascertain that these guys are safe to return to their various places of abode and be law abiding. Thirdly, does the government of Borno or federal have any system put in place to make sure that they are monitored after their release?
Why are these questions very vital to peace in Borno and in and around Nigeria is because any msiatke made with these folks would give rise to renewed class of terrorists who could be invigorated to fight further for boko haram.
He also commended the efforts of the military in the fight against terrorism and respect for human rights as manifested in the painstaking efforts that led to the clearance and subsequent release of the Boko Haram suspects.
Partly culled from ThisDay