THE Chief of Army Staff, Lieutenant General Kenneth Minimah, has
said that Boko Haram suspects, who have being under detention in
Nigerian Army cells for some months will be released on Monday July 6,
2015 after investigation confirmed their innocence,.
Minimah, who led the senior officers of Nigeria Army at the Defence
Headquarters to observe this year’s Nigeria Army Day Celebration
(NADCEL) in Maiduguri, Borno State capital, disclosed this on Monday
during a courtesy call on the Borno State governor, Kashim Shettima.
Minimah said the choice to observe this year’s NADCEL ?in Maiduguri
was to give a morale booster to the troops on ground that are fighting the
Boko Haram insurgency.
He also explained that it was logical to have a low-key celebration since
the Military Command and Control Centre (MCCC) had been relocated
Minimah said aside other ceremonial activities like laying of wreath at
the military cemetery, the decoration of some gallant troops with medal,
“we are going to release some of the Boko Haram suspects who have
been investigated and found to be free of all suspected incrimination to
the Borno State government for onward reintegration with their
Shettima paid tributes to the Nigeria Army for all the supports it had
been giving the state in the war against Boko Haram.
He has also thanked the Army for bringing this year’s NADCEL to
He pledged further government assistance to the army in the prosecution
of the counter insurgency war.
Minimah also led the officers to the palace of the Shehu of Borno where
he paid tributes to HRH Abubakar ?Garbai Ibn Umar El-kanemi.
The royal father welcomed the COAS and his entourage, even as he
reminded them of the peaceful history of the people of Borno State and
how over the year, outsiders of first and second generation immigrants
had come to introduce alien culture of violence and religious extremism
to his domain.
“Borno has earned its global recognition for its hospitality and peaceful
disposition; that is why it is name ‘home of peace and hospitality; Borno
is the birthplace of politics without bitterness.
“But, today, we have to ask ourselves why such an ugly disturbance
occur in Borno, the home of peace.
“The answer to this is that majority of the ?arrested Boko Haram
suspects seem to either first or second generation non indigines of Borno
“Similar crisis of Boko Haram had once occurred at the beginning of the
21st century when at the Tashan-Journey park at the ?outskirts of
Maiduguri we used to have lots of trailers coming in with loads of young
boys that were being off loaded day and night in the name of coming to
seek religious knowledge.
“At that observations and complaints were made at all levels of
government. Peoples have cooperated fully with the security by
providing information at that time and even now.
“But since many people in Borno were killed, including notable
personalities like Late General Mamman Shuwa and so on.”