The release of another batch of 475 Boko Haram suspects and the outbreak of Lassa fever in Delta state are some of the leading stories in Nigerian newspapers on Monday.The Guardian's headline reported the freeing of another 475 Boko Haram suspects following a series of mass trials in which most cases were dropped for lack of evidence.
According to a statement issued on Sunday by the Attorney General of the Federation and Minister of Justice, Mr. Abubakar Malami, SAN, the suspects were freed after the prosecution failed to establish any link between them and the Boko Haram sect.
He said they were detained based on the information that they belonged to the terrorist group Boko Haram.
Nigeria's army chief Tukur Buratai has ordered troops to capture the leader of terror group Boko Haram, alive or dead.
The court directed the state governments to provide for the released persons rehabilitation at any appropriate centre before being released to their families.
"Those suspects who suffer from mental or other health challenges are to be provided with necessary medical assistance at appropriate medical facilities".
In his address to the troops at Bitta, the COAS congratulated them for the clearance of Boko Haram terrorists while noting that Sambisa forest has been an impediment in the fight against terrorism and insurgency over time and their clearance of the forest is considered a major milestone in the operation.
The statement reads in part: "The report alleged that a top Boko Haram commander, Abdullahi Bello, alias Abu Zainab, who was captured by the Nigerian Army on February 14, disclosed that Shekau escaped to Cameroon".
She was taken to a Boko Haram enclave by her brother and married off to his friend when she was 11.
Taye and Kehinde Hamza, both mechanics, and Hamza twins were also freed. They were amongst the lucky ones released.
One fighter involved in the 2014 abduction of more than 200 schoolgirls from the Borno state town of Chibok was jailed for 15 years.
Chairman, Bauchi State chapter, Hon.