Nigeria Federal Government has said that it will begin the trials of over 2500 Boko Haram suspects detained in military detention facilities across the country in October. The Attorney General has assigned government prosecutors for the cases, and likewise, the suspects have been accorded legal counsel to ensure a just and fair trial. The suspects have been mainly detained in Wawa Barracks in Kainji, Niger State and Maiduguri prison in Borno State.
According to a statement from the AG’s office, at least 1600 will be tried as of October 9th citing that the judges to preside the cases have already been named. It also said that over 200 suspects would soon be released due to lack of evidence amongst other unique circumstances and subjected to a rigorous de-radicalization program.
The trials are the first step towards justice for all those affected by the brutality of the Boko Haram in Nigeria. The trials will enforce the commitment by the government to ensuring that members of the terror organization do not go free as well as restoring the faith of the people in the government and justice system. Moreover, the investigations and trials will go a long way in collecting valuable intelligence about the operations of the errant terror group operating in the West African Nation.