128 suspected members of the Boko Haram sect were today released to the Borno state government after investigations by the Nigerian army showed they had no ties with the sect. Presenting the released suspects comprising of 109 men, seven women, 11 boys and one unattached teenager, to the state governor, Kashim Shettima, the Chief of Army Staff (COAS), Lt.-Gen. Tukur Buratai said;

    “The task of Operation Lafiya Dole can be seen in three terms, to defeat the insurgents, to facilitate humanitarian activities and observe human right and restore the administrative functions in the liberated area. We are here to formally hand over those arrested in the process of our operations; we are pleased to hand over the 128 suspects that have been cleared by the joint intelligent core, which comprised the Army, the police and DSS. This is clear manifestation that the army is clearly professional,”

Buratai further declared and expressed optimism that the Boko Haram terrorism would soon come to an end. We will continue to emphasis that this terrorism will soon come to an end.

    We have been supported by President Muhammadu Buhari; we are getting more equipment and we are getting more of our troops redeployed to the operation,”

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