Nigerian government set to free Boko Haram suspects

The Federal Government of Nigeria says it will release suspected Boko Haram members from detention, once it is established that they are not insurgents.

The FG also explained its policy of integrating the Civilian Joint Task Force into the security forces, giving them concession,n without jettisoning such requirements as medical fitness, educational qualification, federal character principle and others.

Minister of Defence, Brig. General Dan Mansur-Ali (retd), who disclosed these in Maiduguri, Borno State, at the special town hall meeting on security situation in the North East, said every relevant agency including medical doctors, psychologists, judiciary officers and others, was working round the clock to ensure they were properly profiled.

Through the “Operation Safe Corridor,” he said, those cleared after painstaking screening would be released.

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“We have so many tables they are going through what level of depth some of these prisoners have been with the Boko Haram. Some of them are being sourced; some are going to be released; some of them will be detained. It’s an issue of time; and the judiciary is also doing its own part.

“The Attorney General of the Federation is in consonance with the Ministry of Defence, Defence Headquarters and other medical personnel that are searching through these people to source out, so that those that have very criminal cases will be removed and others will be free as soon as possible,” he said.

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