The Nigerian Army has debunked news of the release of 1,009 Boko Haram fighters to the Borno state government.
According to Onyema Nwachukwu, the spokesperson for the Nigerian Army, the 1,009 suspects who were released to the Borno state government were people who based on suspicion were arrested and linked to terrorism and insurgency in the North and have undergone profiling and investigations clearing them of being involved with terrorism and insurgency.
Recall that a publication by Punch had stated that its sources in the Nigeria Army had informed them of a secret ceremony held by the Nigerian Army wherein they released 1,009 Boko Haram fighters detained at military barracks in Borno State back to the society.
The report also said journalists and reporters were prevented from covering the ceremony.
While debunking this report, Nwachukwu also said the ceremony of releasing this 1,009 suspects were witnessed by the United Nations Humanitarian Services and other government agencies.