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METROBoko Haram: Bama women cry to Buhari over detained 1,300 suspected terroristsPublished on March 9, 2018 By Ameh Comrade Godwin
A group of women from Bama Local Government Area of Borno State has appealed to President Muhammadu Buhari to direct the Nigerian military to free their relatives who had been detained since 2015 on the suspicion of being members of Boko Haram.
In an open letter addressed to the President, the women, under the aegis of Knifar Movement, said they had done everything to convince the military that their husbands were not insurgents.
The group, which said it had over 1,300 members currently living in IDP camps in Borno State, begged the President to help them reunite with “our 1,269 relatives who are detained by the military.”
“Our relatives – more than 1,269 men, women and children – were arrested between July and December 2015 and are still wrongly detained in Giwa military barracks and the Maiduguri Maximum Security Prison.
“Most of us are from Bama LGA; we were forced to leave our houses because of insurgency. Last year, we formed the Knifar Movement to ask for justice and the release of our relatives,” the group said in the open letter signed by Kellu Haruna and Fatima Babu.
“Your Excellency, we know that you are very busy and have serious issues to deal with, but we don’t know who to turn to anymore. That is why we respectfully ask for your assistance to intervene, so that our relatives could be released, considering the fact that they are not Boko Haram. They are innocent and were only caught up in the process.
“If the military has evidence that our relatives are Boko Haram members, they should present it to a court of law and charge them,” the letter further read.