The Nigerian military on Wednesday reportedly released 1,009 ex-Boko Haram insurgents, who had been in military custody at Giwa Barracks in Maiduguri, the Borno State capital.
According to a report by The PUNCH Newspaper, the ex- terrorists were handed over to the Borno State Government in a secret ceremony that was supposed to take place at an earlier date but was suspended indefinitely by the military authorities at the wake of the appointment of the new COAS.
According to Punch sources, the ex-terrorists were handed over to the Commissioner for Women Affairs and Social Development, Hajiya Zuwaira Gambo, who represented the state government at the event.
The officer said, “The army handed 1,009 Boko Haram insurgents to the state government today (Wednesday). It was done in secret. We were warned us not to allow journalists to the venue.”