Nigerian military to release women, other Boko Haram suspects

Boko Haram has become Nigeria's biggest headache of the moment

The military said it was acting on directives by President Goodluck Jonathan.

The Defence Headquarters (DHQ) announced in Abuja on Tuesday that it would release some persons detained in connection with terrorist activities.

The Director of Defence Information, Brigadier General Chris Olukolade, said in a statement that the decision to release the suspected terrorists was based on the directives of President Goodluck Jonathan.

Mr. Jonathan had declared state of emergency in Borno, Yobe and Adamawa on May 14.

The statement said the move was in furtherance of the Federal Government’s position in response to requests by the Presidential Committee on Dialogue and Reconciliation.

“The measure which is in line with presidential magnanimity to enhance peace efforts in the country will result in freedom for suspects, including all women under custody.

“The details of the directives and those to benefit from this gesture have been communicated to field units and the Joint Task Force, ‘’ it said.

The statement said that the beneficiaries would be released to the state governors who would be involved in further rehabilitation before the suspects were released to their respective community leaders and relations.

Part of the major issues raised by the Boko Haram in videos made before the State of Emergency declaration was their demand that government forces release all their wives and female relatives in detention.


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  • olu

    Is BH gradually winning the battle? don’t we think the released members can quickly be recruited? I think something is wrong somewhere.

  • Bala R

    Are they still alive?

  • Edo

    A lot of terrorists released by the Americans from Guantanamo Bay detention camp found their ways to fight them again in Afghanistan. Jonathan seems not to understand the nature of this battle. If he fails to finish this job, he is going to regret it bitterly, very soon.

  • Myson

    It seems the federal government doesn’t understand what they are into. This
    war on Islamic militants will last at least 25 years if the government start
    now to do what they are suppose to do. You have to win the war first and then
    use amnesty to maintain the peace. If you release their members in captivity,
    they will go back again and join the insurgency. More over what type of message
    are you sending to the militants and rest of the country that it is okay to
    kill. The government that will negotiate the real amnesty will be whatever
    government that will be in Nigeria in 25 to 30 years time. Government will start to win the war by taking
    the war to the enemy, Abolish Almajiri system in northern Nigeria, build more
    schools and declare state of emergency on education in northern part of the
    country. Make education free and compulsory for all northern youths, Monitor
    what the Imams preach in the mosque, create state and local government police and
    fight corruption. In short government should govern like is obtainable in
    western countries.

    If not the future of Northern Nigeria is scary. Coming to north soon will
    be religious war between northern Muslims and indigenous northern Christians, which
    may lead to civil war in northern Nigeria and the rest of the country. This
    will divide the Nigeria armed forces loyalty. Once the Islamic militancy enters
    a country, they don’t go away until you defeat them. They seek failed or
    failing state with Muslim’s population and it seems they have found one in
    Nigeria.