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