The JTF claims the release of the Yobe youth is routine.
One week after arresting journalists who exposed the abduction of 84 youth by security forces, the Joint Task Force in Yobe has began releasing some of the young people.
Reports from Damaturu, the Yobe State capital indicate that the Joint Task Force, JTF have started releasing some of the suspects arrested in various ‘mop up exercise’ particularly in Potiskum, a major town in the state.
A source in Potiskum informed PREMIUM TIMES, Saturday, that “the JTF have been releasing the suspects mostly kept in the popular ‘Guantanamo’ detention center in batches since on Thursday.”
He also said the release of the suspects may not be unconnected with the story ran by Al-Mizan newspaper which led to the arrest and detention of two journalists of the paper by operatives of the State Security Service, SSS since Monday morning.
When contacted, the spokesperson of the JTF, in Yobe, Lazarus Eli, said there is nothing special about the release of the suspects because they have been doing such in the past.
“Suspects are always released from time to time once we establish their innocence,” he said.
Meanwhile, one of the editors of Al-Mizan has said that the paper has concluded all arrangements to go to court on Monday to press for the release of the two journalists.
The journalists, Aliyu Saleh and Musa Mohammed, would have spent exactly one week in detention without trial on Sunday contrary to Nigerian law which forbids security agencies from detaining any suspect for more than 48 hours without trial.