Nigerian Military releases 1,009 ex-Boko Haram fighters to Borno State Govt in secret ceremony

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President Muhammadu Buhari

MAIDUGURI – The Nigerian military on Wednesday released 1,009 ex-Boko Haram insurgents, who had been in military custody at Giwa Barracks in Maiduguri, the Borno capital.

The former were handed over to the Borno Government in a secret ceremony was initially billed to take place at an earlier date but was suspended indefinitely by the military authorities at the wake of the of the new COAS.

According to sources in the army, the ex- were handed over to the for Women Affairs and Social Development, Hajiya Zuwaira Gambo, who represented the government at the event.

The officer said, “The army handed 1,009 Boko Haram insurgents to the government today (Wednesday). It was done in secret. We were warned not to allow journalists to the venue.”

Efforts to reach the Army Public Relations Officer, Operation Hadin Kai, Col. Ado Isa, proved abortive.

Gambo did not reply to a text message to her phone too. (The Punch)