FG to begin trial of 2,000 Boko Haram suspects
The Federal Government of Nigeria is making preparations to commence the trial of no fewer than 2,000 individuals arrested for their involvement in Boko Haram terrorist activities.
Eight judges have been assigned to handle the special trial, which will take place in Kainji, Niger State. The government has also addressed logistic issues that previously delayed the trial.
The trial of Boko Haram suspects, planned during the administration of former President Muhammadu Buhari, has faced logistical challenges, causing delays.
The Ministry of Justice initiated arrangements for the trial, but the Nigerian Air Force did not provide the requested assistance in airlifting judges and lawyers for the trial.
However, the issues have now been resolved, and the trial is ready to proceed. The suspects have been detained at the Operation Safe Corridor facility in Kainji, Niger State.
The Ministry of Justice has written to the Chief Justice (CJ) to schedule a date for the commencement of the trial.
The ministry has also requested the transportation of judges and lawyers to Kainji for the trial.
However, due to the judges’ ongoing cases, the trial will be staggered, with two-week intervals. Although no specific timeline has been provided, the government intends to fast-track the trial and dispose of all cases within a certain period.
The trial will be conducted under the supervision of eight designated judges.
Apart from the 2,000 suspects set to face trial, it is anticipated that more individuals will be arrested and tried as the insurgency continues.
The Federal Government will continue to profile and prosecute those involved in Boko Haram’s activities.
Over 205 individuals have already been convicted for their association with Boko Haram, receiving jail terms ranging from three to 60 years.
Additionally, more than 1,500 individuals have been released for rehabilitation. The Federal Government remains committed to prosecuting those responsible for the insurgency and rehabilitating individuals who can be reintegrated into society.
The Solicitor-General of the Federation and Permanent Secretary of the Federal Ministry of Justice, Mrs. Beatrice Jedy-Agba, has emphasized the need to reconfigure military holding facilities to ensure a secure and conducive environment for the trials.
Renovations and reconstruction of courtrooms and residential areas are underway to accommodate the trial proceedings adequately.
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