The 7 Division of the Nigerian Army in Maiduguri, Borno State has freed 42 Boko Haram suspects and handed them over to Governor Kashim Shettima.

The suspects, who include three foreigners, were also given N100,000 each to enable them begin their lives afresh.

The development was announced by the Deputy Director, Army Public Relations, Col. Sani Usman at the Government House in Maiduguri on Thursday, November 6.

Usman said that the suspects had been arrested but were found to be innocent of the charges against them.

He added:

“Out of the 42 cleared suspects by the military this month, three are from the neighboring countries of Burkina Faso, Chad and Cameroon.”

Governor Shettima on receiving the suspects said that some of them would be set up in businesses to keep them occupied.

He said:

“An idle mind, they say, is the devils workshop. Therefore, we cannot allow you people to be idle. From your introduction, some of you are drivers, others are tailors some students. All the drivers would be immediately engaged by the state government and the tailors too will be useful for our free uniform for school children.”

“For the students, I am going to assist you to go back and complete your studies. Others will also be taken care of appropriately,” Shettima added.

The governor also admonished the released suspects against seeking vengeance against the Nigerian military for detaining them.