Trial of detained 2,541 Boko Haram suspects begins in October

24 Boko Haram fighters arrested in Auchi

Federal Justice Ministry has finalized arrangements to begin the prosecution of suspected Boko Haram fighters who are in detention in Maiduguri Prison and Wawa Military Barracks in Kainji, Niger State.

Attorney General of the Federation, Abubakar Malami, who made this known in a statement, said that a special team had been set up to handle the prosecution of the 2,541 suspected terrorists.

Malami who also is the justice minister, explained that the special prosecution team will handle the trial of the first batch of 1,670 suspects in October.

The minister, however, said that 220 of the suspects are to be set free due to insufficient evidence to back up their prosecution.

He stated that, “Boko Haram suspects who were hitherto investigated by the Joint Investigation Team set up by the Defence Headquarters otherwise known as DHQ/JIT and case files transmitted to the Honourable Attorney-General of the Federation and after a careful review of the cases based on their individual merit, it was discovered that they have no prima facie cases that will sustain a charge against them in any court of law hence were recommended for release and handed over to the Office of the National Security Adviser for rehabilitation and/or de-radicalisation.”

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