The Nigerian military on Wednesday released 1,009 ex-Boko Haram insurgents, who had been in military custody at Giwa Barracks in Maiduguri, the Borno State capital.
The former terrorists were handed over to the Borno State Government in a secret ceremony that was initially billed to take place at an earlier date but was suspended indefinitely by the military authorities at the wake of the appointment of the new COAS.
According to sources in the army, the ex-terrorists were handed over to the Commissioner for Women Affairs and Social Development, Hajiya Zuwaira Gambo, who represented the state government at the event.
The officer said, “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.”
Efforts to reach the Army Public Relations Officer, Operation Hadin Kai, Col. Ado Isa, proved abortive.
…Reps order suspension of Navy Recruitment
Meanwhile, the House of Representatives has ordered the Nigerian Navy to suspend its ongoing recruitment exercise describing it as unfair and not in compliance with the federal character principle in the Constitution.
The House noted that “every Nigerian deserves to be treated with dignity and rights, irrespective of where they may be located physically in the country.”
Also, the lower chamber requested the Navy to provide details of all its recruitments from 2014 to date, including the geographical spread.
It further mandated the Navy to “investigate the exercise and recommend appropriate measures to avoid similar constitutional violations in all future government recruitment and report back within 12 weeks for further legislative action.”
These resolutions followed the unanimous adoption of a motion to investigate the process of the Nigerian Navy Supplementary Recruitment of 44 candidates.
Sponsor of the motion, Ben Igbakpa, explained that all the successful candidates that are to report for training at the Nigerian Navy Basic Training School Onne, Port Harcourt, Rivers State, “are all from a particular part of the country, which negates the federal character principle of all inclusiveness, equity and fair play.”
Recall that the Nigeria Navy described as ”fake” a list of supplementary candidates making the rounds on social media.
The list had all 44 candidates from the North.