August 16, 2018

Court frees 475 Boko Haram suspects for rehabilitation (DailyTrust)

Court frees 475 Boko Haram suspects for rehabilitation (DailyTrust)

The Federal High Court sitting in Wawa Cantonment, Kainji, New Bussa, Niger State has released 475 suspects from the detention facility after the prosecution found no evidence linking them with acts of terrorism. “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),” statement by Othman Salihu Isah, spokesman to the Minister of Justice said yesterday. He said mentally challenged suspects among those freed would be taken to medical facilities, while others are to be handed over to their state governments for rehabilitation. Among those freed was a female suspect, Lubabatu Yakubu who was arrested in 2014 by officials of the Department of Security Services (DSS) in Numan, Adamawa State, two days after she was divorced by her Boko Haram husband. Another suspect, a young mother, Mariam Mohammed, a Shua Arab from Borno State was released. She was lured into the Boko Haram sect and taken to Sambisa forest by her elder brother and married off to his friend at eleven years old. Read more

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