The Nigerian Army on Wednesday, secretly released 1,009 ex-Boko Haram fighters to the Borno State government.
The event according to top military sources was initally planned for an earlier date but was suspended indefinitely by the military authorities in the wake of the appointment of the new COAS.
The released fighters had been kept in military custody at Giwa Barracks in Maiduguri, the Borno State capital.
The Borno State goverbment was represented at the hand-over event by the Commissioner for Women Affairs and Social Development, Hajiya Zuwaira Gambo.
“The army handed 1,009 Boko Haram insurgents to the state government today (Wednesday). It was done in secret. We were warned not to allow journalists to the venue,” the source said.
Efforts to reach the Army Public Relations Officer, Operation Hadin Kai, Col. Ado Isa, proved abortive.
Gambo did not reply to a text message sent to her phone too.