Nigerian Court Releases 475 Boko Haram Suspects, Okays Their Rehabilitation
At least 475 detained Boko Haram suspects, were on Friday, freed by the Federal High Court sitting at Wawa Cantonment in Kainji, Niger State and sent to the governments of their states of origin to take them through a process of proper rehabilitation.
According to a statement issued on Sunday by the Attorney General of the Federation and Minister of Justice, Mr. Abubakar Malami, SAN, the suspects were freed after the prosecution failed to establish any link between them and the Boko Haram sect.
He noted that the suspects were arrested and detained on the basis of information that they either belonged to the proscribed terrorist group, or that they concealed vital information that would have helped security agencies to prevent the commission of acts of terrorism by members of the sect.
He said the prosecution could not charge them with any offence due to lack of sufficient evidence against them.
“Therefore, the suspects were released on motion exparte pursuance of section 35 (4) of the Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, 1999 (as amended)”, the AGF added in the statement that was signed by his media aide, Mr. Salihu Isah.
The court also directed the state governments to provide for the released persons rehabilitation at any appropriate centre before being released to their families.
In addition, the court ruled that the mentally deranged among the suspects should be provided appropriate treatment at mental health facilities.