FG begins 5,000 suspected B’Haram fighters’ trial soon

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 Kayode Idowu, Maiduguri

The Federal Government 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 the Legal Aid Council, Aliyu Abubakar, gave the assurance on Tuesday during a meeting with the Borno State Governor, Prof. Babagana Zulum, at the Government House, Maiduguri.

Abubakar, who was received by the Borno Deputy Governor, Alhaji Usman Kadafur, as the governor was not on hand to receive him, said the trial would be conducted by the Office of the Attorney General of the Federation, Office of the National Security Adviser, in collaboration with the Theatre Command, Operation Lafiya Dole, while the Legal Aid Council had been mandated to provide defence for the inmates.

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He explained that the legal aid team had so far interviewed 283 suspects as part of efforts to establish their involvement in terrorism and understand the nature of the crime they committed.

“This is so because regardless of the crimes they have committed, it is possible that out of hundreds, you may find out that one or two persons are innocent.

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“It is necessary for them to be represented by this council to make sure that all the requirements of the law are fulfilled. All evidence must be presented against them before the court of law so that those found guilty would be prosecuted. Inasmuch as everybody is aware of the nature of the crime they committed, under our laws, they are innocent until proven guilty,” he added.

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Zulum said the government was ready to partner the Federal Government to enable it to achieve its mandate.

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