The Nigerian Army has released 244 Boko Haram suspects who have denounced their membership in the deadly extremist group.
The suspects were released on Tuesday by the Theatre Commander, Operation Lafiya Dole, Maj-Gen. Rogers Nicholas, at the Maiduguri military barracks as part of the activities marking the 2018 Armed Forces Remembrance Day.
Nicholas listed those released to include: 118 adult males, 56 women, 19 teens and 51 children. He said they were freed after they were screened and denounced the Nigeria-based insurgency.
Boko Haram has killed more than 20,000 people during its eight-year insurgency. Nigeria has arrested thousands of suspected Boko Haram members in recent years. Human rights groups warn many detainees are arbitrarily arrested.
Nigeria’s government established a de-radicalization program in 2016 that offers amnesty for those who repudiated the group.