The Nigerian Army yesterday released 565 Boko Haram women and children detained by the military to the Borno State Government. Governor Kashim Shettima gave the explanation while receiving 366 breastfeeding babies, 149 mothers and 62 under-aged children evacuated by the Nigerian Army from camps operated by Boko Haram insurgents in different parts of the state.
Majority of them are believed to be families of the insurgents saved after the military took over the camps during operations. It was the fourth time he received such families and suspects freed by the military.
The General Officer Commanding the 7th Division of the Nigerian Army in Maiduguri, Brigadier General Victor Ezugwu handed over the 566 persons to the governor at a rehabilitation and reintegration centre newly opened by the Borno State Government in Maiduguri.
The centre is to provide medical services, education and welfare of the families which the state government is working in partnership with the UNICEF, NEMA, security agencies and other stakeholders to provide reintegration.
The governor said what is important to know, is that an average male member of Boko Haram has one great wish and that is for his child to inherit his doctrine of violence.
The governor also explained that majority of the family members have been found to be innocent of the violence of the insurgents, contrary to the impression some members of the public who want the sins of insurgents meted on their families.
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