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FG receives final report of Presidential committee on Boko Haram detainees

The Secretary to the Government of the Federation (SGF), Mr. Boss Gida Mustapha, has received the final report of the Presidential Committee on Special Detainees linked to Boko Haram insurgency in his office.

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The 5 chapters, 47-page report contained detailed information on detainees’ profiles and categorization.

The Director of Information, Office of the Secretary to the Government of the Federation (OSGF), Lawrence Ojabo, in a statement on Wednesday said the SGF represented by the Permanent Secretary, General Services Office (GSO), OSGF, Olusegun Adeyemi Adekunle, commended the committee led by its, General Abdullahi Bagudu Mamman.

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The SGF lauded the Minister of Interior, Lt General (rtd) Abdulrahaman Danbazzau for initiating the committee and the idea of looking into the welfare of the unfortunate citizens.

He noted the urgency expressed by the chairman of the committee on the aspects of international relations, inadequate infrastructures, and human rights of the detainees, and promised that the report would be forwarded swiftly to Mr. President for his action.

The SGF further reiterated the commitment of the present administration to rein in all security challenges ravaging the different parts of the country and assured that the report would be given quick attention with the view to implementing all the recommendations.

Speaking earlier the chairman of the committee, Gen. Abdullahi Bagudu Mamman (rtd) said the committee was inaugurated in December 2016 with the mandate of profiling and categorizing the Boko Haram detainees in the various detention prisons across the country.

He disclosed that 6,512 detainees were identified including toddlers who followed their mothers into detention.

He said that some detainees had spent up to nine years awaiting trial and called for justice for suspects who might be innocent.

General Mamman commended President Muhammadu Buhari for taking the plight of Nigerians seriously and also thanked government for given them this task. He added that they are ready to make themselves available for future assignment.

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