The military has confirmed that more persons detained for alleged links with Boko Haram insurgents will be released after being cleared by its joint intelligence cell. The acting Director of Army Public Relations, Col. Sani Usman, gave the confirmation in a telephone interview with the News Agency of Nigeria on Thursday. He said the screening of detained suspects conducted jointly by intelligence officers from the Army and other sister agencies, would be continuous and carried out simultaneously with the offensive operation. Usman said the Army in collaboration with other security agencies would continue to follow the rules of engagement in the operation aimed at liberating areas held by the insurgents. On the ongoing offensive against the insurgents, Usman said troops were consolidating on the recent gains as areas around Sambisa were being closed down by troops.
The Head of Research, Centre for Crisis Communication, Jude Emeje, said that the move would among other things, boost the ongoing counter-insurgency operations in the North-East. According to Emeje, apart from setting free innocent persons held in detention, the move will boost the Nigeria Armed Forces’ human rights credentials, where necessary. Over 100 suspects detained by the military were freed at a ceremony on Wednesday, to the Borno Government.