Army releases, without apology, man erroneously detained as wanted Boko Haram terrorist

The Nigerian Army on Friday said its Joint Investigation Committee has cleared one Abubakar Sadiq, a Maiduguri resident who was arrested a month ago on suspicion he was one of the 100 wanted Boko Haram terrorists.

The army had on November 18 announced the arrest of Mr. Sadiq, a security guard at the residence of Mohammed Daggash in the Borno State capital, saying he was suspect number 28 on its wanted Boko Haram terrorists lists.

“However, a thorough investigation carried out, as well as new Boko Haram terrorists video clip acquired and the employment of forensic analysis, the committee conclusively confirmed that it was a case of mistaken identity,” the spokesperson for the army, Sani Usman, said on Friday.

“The erroneously arrested person has since been released to his family.

“The investigation further showed that Daggash family have nothing to do with the incident or associated with any security breach in Borno State.”

The statement did not contain any apology to Mr. Sadiq, who the army widely advertised as a wanted terrorist and detained for one month.


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  • Otile

    God has a wonderful way of saving people. The illegal detention of Kanu and the subsequent slaughter at Onitsha exposed the human rights abuses this Islamic government has be committing recently. Now that the civilized world are beaming their torch light into Nigeria Buhari and his criminal agents are beginning to release their victims one by one. They know that one more slaughter or murder of an innocent man can send Buhari and his chief agents to the Hague. Let his Yoruba slaves come on to explain this away. Oya, awon odale,



  • Abdulazeez Oyibo

    Collateral damage

  • Mephistoheles

    Mallam Abubakar Sadiq,
    Sorry for your mistreatment. Please permit us to welcome you back into civilized society.
    Nigeria owes you and your loved ones for the trouble they put you through. You deserve compensation..
    Many will try to represent you, choose an attorney that is well known .

    Again. on behalf ofMama Naija (Nigeria), we apologize for your mistreatment. Rest assured, even after Justice to Boko Haram has been achieved, your fellow Nigerians will not rest until the injustice that has been done to you is rectified.
    may God bless us all.