Nigeria’s military says it has released 244 “repentant” Boko Haram suspects who have undergone rehabilitation. There have been mass releases of Boko Haram suspects in the past, but this is the largest following a de-radicalisation programme.
The group, which includes women and children, has been handed over to the governor of Borno state, an area badly affected by Islamist violence.
“The detainees have been de-radicalised for reintegration into the society. We are handing over the detainees to Borno Government for administration”, he said.
It coincides with a new video released by Boko Haram in which its leader, Abubakar Shekau, appeared with At least 100 of the Chibok girls kidnapped in 2014.
Boko Haram leader, Abubakar Shekau taunted distraught parents of the abducted Chibok schoolgirls, telling them to accept the insurgents as their sons-in-law.
Mr. Shekau said the parents of the girls should consider himself and his men as their in-laws because their daughters were “happily married” to his fighters.