Over 165 persons apprehended in the course of military operations on terror in three states in the North-East of Nigeria are to be released from custody in compliance with Presidential directive.
The Director of Defence Information, Major-General Chris Olukolade, made this known in a press release on Friday, January 10, 2013.
The suspects are those earlier recommended for release by the Joint Investigation Team, JIT, set up by the Defence Headquarters in 2013.
Of the total number, 157 are from facilities in Borno, 9 from Yobe and one suspect from Adamawa State.
Other detainees, particularly women and children have benefitted from similar gestures which started in May 2013. More suspects in this category are also to benefit in the present exercise.
The suspects will be released to their respective state governments.