Nigeria’s military says it has released 244 “repentant” Boko Haram suspects who have undergone rehabilitation.
The army released the suspects as part of activities marking Armed Forces Remembrance Day which was marked on January 15th.
The authorities say they have been de-radicalised and can re-enter society, but critics are sceptical about whether they have repented.
Maj. Gen Nicholas Rogers said the group was ready to re-enter the society.
The group, which includes women and children, has been handed over to the governor of Borno state.
“The detainees have been de-radicalised for reintegration into the society. We are handing over the detainees to Borno Government for administration”, he said.
Some 20,000 people have been killed in Boko Haram’s eight-year insurgency.
There have been mass releases of Boko Haram suspects in the past, but this is the largest following a de-radicalisation programme.
video released by Boko Haram