FG To Prosecute 1,670 Boko Haram Suspects In Niger


FG To Prosecute 1,670 Boko Haram Suspects In Niger

Ade Adesomoju , Abuja

The Federal Government on Sunday rolled out its plans on how to handle the cases suspected Boko Haram terror group members , totaling 2 ,541 ,currently detained at Wawa Barracks in Kainji , Niger State , and Maiduguri prison in Borno State .

The Attorney -General of the Federation and Minister of Justice , Mr . Abubakar Malami , said in a statement that a special prosecution arrangement already put it in place would commence the trial of 1 ,670 of the detainees in Wawa Barracks , Kainji , Niger State , in October.

The statement signed by the AGF ’s Special Adviser on Media and Publicity, Mr . Salihu Isah , stated that after exhausting the cases in Kainji , the cases of 651 suspects currently detained at Maiduguri prison, would be taken up by the special arrangement .

It added that due to lack of evidence for any successful prosecution , 220 other suspects detained in the Kainji detention facility would be released and subjected to “ de- radicalisation programme” .

The AGF ’s spokesperson stated that the 220 suspects constituted one of the four categories of terrorist suspects detained in the Kainji facility.

According to Isah , they were “ 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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