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Army investigates 1,400 Boko Haram suspects in detention – Irabor

The Nigeria Army on Tuesday, says about 1,400 suspected Boko Haram members arrested by the military are being investigated at its detention centres.

The outgoing Theatre Commander, Operation Lafiya Dole Maj.-Gen. Lucky Irabor, said this during the handover at the army command headquarters in Maiduguri where Maj.-Gen. Ibrahim Attahiru, replaced Irabor, who got posted to serve as the commander of the Multinational Joint Task Force (MNJTF).

“Investigation is still ongoing and I can assure you that many of the terrorists have owned up that “they actually took part in the activities of Boko Haram.

“They are still undergoing process of de-radicalisation as part of the efforts to fully reintegrate them into becoming meaningful citizens.

“On how many we have taken to court, I can only tell you that we are collaborating with the Ministry of Justice to commence that process, Irabor said.

He also disclosed that the army had achieved success in the last one year fighting Boko Haram and urged the incoming theatre commander to sustain the recorded progress.

“In the past, a lot of operations were conducted and we had related some of them to you. We had strived in ensuring that peace returned to the North-East.

“I urge the new theatre commander that it should be sustained.

“Boko Haram has done no good to anyone. Your life, my life and that of average Nigerian’s, officers and soldiers must not be at stake.

“So, we as responsible citizens have a role to play in bringing new ideas and innovations to deal with the new tactics of Boko Haram,” Irabor said.

Solomon Obende
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