DHQ Explains Why Over 300 Suspects Were Released to Borno Govt

The Defence Headquarters has revealed why 313 suspects were released to the Borno State government.

The Defence Headquarters said the Federal High Court sitting in Maiduguri ordered the release of 313 terrorism suspects to Borno State government.

Maj-Gen. Edward Buba, director of Defence Media Operations, clarified that these suspects were detained based on suspicion, but released due to lack of evidence found against them after investigations.

The Federal Ministry of Justice prosecuted the cases leading to the court’s decision for their release and subsequent handover to the Borno State government for further action.

In a related development, Operation Hadin Kai troops have achieved significant successes against Boko Haram and ISWAP terrorists, resulting in numerous casualties and arrest of collaborators.

Terrorist commanders and combatants surrendered in various locations across Borno and Adamawa states.

The air component of Operation Hadin Kai conducted successful airstrikes on terrorist positions in Arina Woje and Tumbum Shitu near Lake Chad, destroying terrorist activities and logistics.

Overall, troops neutralized 52 terrorists, arrested 137, and rescued 78 hostages during the week.

They also recovered a considerable amount of weapons, ammunition, and other items from the terrorists’ hideouts.

He said, “The locations were observed to be active with terrorists’ activities and logistics.

“Consequently, the location was acquired and attacked with rockets and bombs and Battle Damage Assessment revealed that several terrorists were neutralised and their logistics destroyed.

“Overall, troops neutralised 52 terrorists, arrested 137 and rescued 78 kidnapped hostages in the Northeast during the week under review.

“Troops recovered three M56 rifles, 40 AK47 rifles, three PKT guns, 13 fabricated rifles, two hand grenades, one locally made explosive, 889 rounds of 7.62mm special ammo and 310 rounds of 7.62mm NATO.

“Others are 60 rounds of 7.62 x 25mm ammo, 99 rounds of 7.62 x 54mm ammo, six AK47 rifles magazines, two M56 rifle magazines, two magazine carriers, one motorcycle, six mobile phones, one HH radio, three bicycles and the sum of N340,500.00 amongst others,’’ Buba added.