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Nigerian Army debunks reports on release of Boko Haram terrorists

The Nigerian Army has debunked an online report that it handed over 1,009 ex-Boko Haram terrorists to the Borno Stata Government in secret.

In a press statement signed by the Director of Army Public Relations, Gen. Onyema Nwachukwu, he described the report as an attempt by the media to dampen the morale of the troops fighting the insurgents.

He said: “The Nigerian Army (NA) has been notified of a media publication alleging that the NA has handed over 1009 Ex-Boko Haram fighters to Borno State government. The report also alleged that the event was shrouded in secrecy. This report, is obviously one of those attempts to dampen troops’ morale and denegrate the NA, riding on the back of unsubstantiated report and misinformation.

“While the Nigerian Army would not want to join issues with the masterminds of this false narrative, it is important to set the records straight. 

“It is an indisputable fact that the ongoing Counter Terrorism Counter Insurgency Operations (CTCOIN) in the North East has led to the arrest of several terrorism/insurgency suspects.

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“These suspects have been held in custody, while undergoing profiling and further investigations by experts from the Joint Investigation Centre (JIC) and those who are found culpable are usually handed over to prosecuting agencies accordingly, while those who are not implicated in terrorism and insurgency are cleared and released to the state government for rehabilitation before they are reintegrated into the society.

Explaining further, he said the 1,009 people were not ex-terrorists, but cleared suspects after investigation.

“These cleared suspects are therefore not ex Boko Haram fighters, as peddled in the said online report and as the masterminds would want to impress on the public. A total of 1009 cleared suspects, not ex fighters, were therefore released after this rigorous process on Wednesday 14 July 2021,” he said.

“It is also necessary to categorically state that the handing over of the cleared suspects was not shrouded in secrecy as it was witnessed by United Nations Humanitarian and government agencies, in tandem with global best practice.

“The NA therefore urges the general public to discountenance this misinformation, as it is evidently a manipulation and distortion of the truth and reality of the event,” he said.

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