Jonathan orders release of detained suspected terrorist.

BY KINGSLEY OMONOBI – ABUJA
As the military offensive to dismantle
Boko Haram terrorists activities and
the camps in North East Nigeria
continues, President Goodluck
Jonathan has directed the release from
Police, SSS and Military detention
centers, of hundreds of persons held in
connection with the insurgency.
The action of the President which took
many Nigerians and security

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agencies
by surprise is however interpreted by
presidency sources as the ‘Carrot and
Stick’ policy by the Commander in
Chief to bringing an end to the Boko
Haram debacle.
Vanguard gathered that the
beneficiaries will cut across such states
as Borno, Yobe, Adamawa, Bauchi,
Kano, `Kaduna, Gombe and Niger,
though the exact number was not
revealed.
The federal government however
explained that the decision to order
the release is sequel to the request of
the Presidential Committee in Dialogue
and Reconciliation set up to explore
the possibility of amnesty for
converted terrorists.
Suspected Boko Haram members
A statement to that effect signed by
the Director of Defence Information,
Brigadier General Chris Olukolade said
“Consequent upon the directives of the
President, Commander-in-Chief of the
Armed Forces of Nigeria, the Defence
Headquarters will be releasing from
detention a number of persons being
held in connection with terrorist
activities”.
“The move is in furtherance of the
Federal Government position in
response to requests by the
Presidential Committee on Dialogue
and Reconciliation”.
“The measure which is in line with
Presidential magnanimity to enhance
peace efforts in the country will result
in freedom for suspects including all
women under custody”.
“The details of the directives and those
to benefit from this gesture have been
communicated to field units and the
Joint Task Force”.
“The beneficiaries will be released to
the State Governors who will be
involved in further rehabilitation
before these suspects are released to
their respective community leaders/
relations”.

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