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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