471 Boko Haram suspects, including a set of twins and a nursing mother, detained in the barracks, were on Friday, ordered to be released by the Federal High Court sitting in Wawa Cantonment, New Bussa, Kainji, Niger State.
They were arrested and detained on the suspicion of being members or linked to Boko Haram or the sect’s terrorism activities. The four judges who sat on the cases of the over 1,000 suspects held in the detention facility, ordered that the 475 inmates be rehabilitated before being reintegrated into the society.
Among the 475 inmates ordered to be released on Friday were two 38-year-old twins, Taye and Kehinde Hamza. They were born in Girinya, Kogi State, to their parents who both hailed from Ogbomoso, Oyo State.
Narrating their ordeals, the twins who were both automobile mechanic before their arrest, said they were arrested on November 11, 2010, for allegedly repairing a car for some Boko Haram members.
A 15-year-old nursing mother, Fatima Mohammed, who was also released on Friday, gave birth to her son, Maman, three months ago in detention. She said she was 11 years old in 2011 when her brother married her off to his friend, a fellow Boko Haram member, with whom she lived for four years in the Sambisa forest.
Also among the released inmates was a 1998 graduate of Sociology, Mohammed Yusuf, 40, and his colleague at an automobile shop in Jos, Kyari Garba. Yusuf said he had his NYSC in Uyo, Akwa Ibom State, in 2000.
He and his colleague were arrested by the police for selling a Honda Odyssey to some Boko Haram members in Jos in 2014. The vehicle, which he said his company, Pama Motors, Jos, sold to the strangers, was later used for a failed bombing, targeted at a football viewing centre.