President Goodluck Jonathan has instructed the Defence Headquarters to free some members of the Boko Haram sect in their custody in connection with insurgency.
Brig.-Gen. Chris Olukolade, the Director of Defence Information, in a statement said, “Consequent upon the directive 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. This move is in furtherance of the Federal Government position in response to requests by the Presidential Committee on Dialogue and Reconciliation.”
The general was however mute on the number and the category of terror suspects expected to be released but all women in various military formations, especially by the Joint Task Force in the North-East, would be released.
Spokesman for President Jonathan, Reuben Abati, disclosed that Jonathan’s directive was the Federal Government’s multi-dimensional approach to combating the security challenge in different parts of the country.