The Federal Government says it will soon begin the trial of 5,000 suspected Boko Haram members who are in various detention facilities across the country,
The Director-General of Legal Aid Council, Aliyu Abubakar, disclosed this during a courtesy visit to Borno State governor, Babagana Zulum, at the Government House, in Maiduguri.
Abubakar identified Giwa Barracks, Maiduguri and Kainji Correctional facilities, among the locations where the suspects are being detained over their alleged involvement in the activities of the Boko Haram insurgents. He appreciated the management of ‘Operation Lafiya Dole’ for granting them access to detention facilities at Giwa Barracks, Maiduguri, Kainji Correctional facilities among others.
He also disclosed that they’ve so far interviewed about 283 of the inmates to ascertain the nature of the crimes they committed.
Abubakar further said that the trial would be conducted by the Office of the Attorney-General of the Federation, (AGF), the Office of the National Security Adviser, (NSA), in collaboration with the army’s Theatre Command ‘Operation Lafiya Dole‘, while the Legal Aid Council has been mandated to provide defense for the inmates.