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Military releases 1,009 ex-boko Haram fighters to Borno

- Dogara Bitrus, 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 State capital.

The former terrorists were handed over to the Borno State Government in a secret ceremony that was initially billed 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 sources in the army, 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.”

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.

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