The detainees – comprised of men, women and children – were released to the Borno State Deputy Governor, Alhaji Usman Durkwa, during a ceremony at the Ramat Square in Maiduguri.
Handing over the detainees, the head of the military’s counter-insurgency operation in the North East (Operation Lafiya Dole) , Maj. Gen. Lucky Irabor, said the 257 Boko Haram detainees had been screened and found to be clean.
He said, “After screening them, we found them clean, but we will ensure that they are monitored even after the release. The Army Day celebration have afforded us opportunity to free them to mark the occasion.”
In his keynote address read by Deputy Governor, on behalf of Governor Kashim Shettima, paid tribute to the fallen heroes who he said paid the ultimate price for the unity of the nation.
“We must be committed to ensure that the labours of our heroes past are not in vain. I appeal to all to contribute in catering for the family they left behind. I commend the Nigerian Military and other security agencies for restoration of Peace to Borno and the North East,” he said.
He called on Nigerians to pray for troops fighting insurgency in Northeast for total defeat of remnants of Boko Haram for needed Peace and development.