The public trial of over 1000 Boko Haram terrorists detained in various prisons in Nigeria has resumed in a series of hearings to be overseen by the attorney general and justice ministry. A press statement by the Special Adviser to the AGF on Media and Publicity, Mr. Salihu Isah, said on Sunday that the second phase of the trial at the Kainji detention facility in Niger State would begin on Monday (today)
Mr. Isah said that suspects with prima facie cases would be prosecuted, while others without it would have applications made for their discharge after which they will be subjected to a de-radicalization program.
Those on trial in a special international court in the capital Niamey come from Niger, Nigeria, and Chad and are suspected of playing a role in Boko Haram’s near decade-long bid to create a caliphate in Nigeria.
The Islamist insurgency has spread beyond its roots in Nigeria, killing 20,000 and uprooting nearly 3 million in the Lake Chad region.