42 suspected members of Boko Haram were yesterday Nov. 6th released to the Borno state government after investigations carried out by the Nigerian army showed they had no ties with the sect.Presenting the released suspects to the state governor, Kashim Shettima, the Deputy Director of Army Public Relations of the 7 Division, Col. Sanni Usman said investigations showed the men who were arrested at various times in Maiduguri and other parts in Borno state, had no connection with the sect. He announced a donation of N100,000 each from the Nigerian Army to the released men to help rehabilitate and reintegrate them back into the society.
Receiving the men, the state governor thanked the army for conducting a thorough investigation. He also gave cash gifts to all the released men. 39 of the released suspects were Borno state indigenes while the remaining three were foreigners from Chad, Burkina Faso and Cameroon.
One of the released suspects, a 300 level student of the University of Maiduguri said "I never knew that I could be free again but today marks a new beginning in my life. I will tell my story to my grandchildren."
Source : Sahara Reporters