The Nigerian army has expressed its disappointment as the Federal Government under the Buhari administration released 1,400 “ Boko Haram repentant” suspects.
The soldiers said their effort to have fought against Boko Haram, only for the terrorist to be released after being captured is a wasted effort. They said they do not understand why the suspected Boko Haram members are being released in large numbers.
“A lot of soldiers are not happy about this. We were there at the Maimalari barracks when some of these Boko Haram people were released,” one of the soldiers who doesn’t want his name mentioned said.
The authorities are releasing them, but Boko Haram are killing soldiers that they capture. This does not make sense to us at all. We continue to sweep across the bushes to flush these people out, and then the government will release them. Does that not amount to wasted efforts?
You wonder why Boko Haram members are on the increase? When we arrest them and bring them here, some top people would come and start negotiating their release. But, I will tell you some of these so-called suspects are returning to the bush and they were never repentant.
Borno Commissioner for Information, Babakura Jato while addressing the release of the repentant Boko Haram said it is true that the insurgent were released in large numbers.
He also said that most of the persons released in three tranches since the Operation Safe Corridor began were actually not Boko Haram members but relatives of terrorists or persons found in the wrong place at the wrong time.
The commissioner said that there have been a series of releases. They were released in three tranches. The first set was released during Governor Shettima’s time while two sets have been released under Prof. Zulum.
The total number of persons released is 1,400. Out of the 1,400, the majority of them are cleared suspects. These were people who were suspected of being members of Boko Haram and it was discovered that they were not.
The rest are children of Boko Haram or actual Boko Haram members. I cannot give you a breakdown of the figure now for security reasons.