FG accused of releasing 101 Boko Haram Inmates in Exchange for freed train passengers

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A 295-word Whatsapp message in general circulation, said the federal government released 101 inmates at the Kirikiri detention facility of the Nigerian Correctional Service, NCoS, who are suspected terrorists in exchange for the remaining Abuja-Kaduna train captives freed recently. 

The unverified message forwarded to Whatsapp groups reads, “At exactly 6 am today 8th of October 2022, about 101 Boko Haram terrorists held in Kirikiri prison since 2009 were set free. In what the government called Amnesty. 

“But my investigation revealed otherwise. It is actually a prisoner swap demanded by Boko Haram, in exchange for the remaining 23  Kaduna train passengers kidnapped by the sect on the 28th of March 2022. About 104 Boko Haram terrorists were arrested by the Yar’adua/Jonathan’s govt in 2009, and transferred to Lagos.  

“Out of the 104 sent to Kirikiri prison, 3 died in jail, leaving 101 that were set free today (Go & verify this info) They are held up in both Kirikiri maximum & medium prisons. But by my records, they have never been to court in Lagos since 2009 till date. Never been prosecuted. On the 29th of Sep 2022, 30th Sep, and 3rd of Oct, the Controller of the Nigeria Correctional Services, Lagos Command, Controller B.R Freeman, Met with about 40 of those Boko Haram terrorists, locked up in Kirikiri medium prison.  

“Where he told them that they should get ready to go. That the federal government has granted them Amnesty, because of the upcoming 2023 election. That they should wait for further directives. (Ask Controller Freeman, let him deny it) After the last meeting on the 3rd of October 2022, the remaining 23 Kaduna train passengers, kidnapped by Boko Haram were released on the 5th of October 2022, by the sect, to keep to the terms of the agreement.  

“Controller Freeman came again to the prison on the 6th of Oct 2022, and just yesterday 7th of Oct, to finalize arrangements with the terrorists. They packed up their belongings, prepared themselves, & waited. At about 6 am today, the cells were open, & they were all set free.”  

Official comment trailing the message has rubbished it, with reaction that it was made up to blacken the reputation of the federal government. 

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