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Boko Haram Trials to be held behind closed doors on security grounds

BellaNaija.com

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Trials of Boko Haram suspects in Nigeria will take place behind closed doors with no media present on security grounds, the government and Department of State Services intelligence agency agreed on Friday.

The justice ministry announced last week that the trials of more than 1,600 suspects were scheduled to begin from October 9. It blamed delays in prosecution on poor investigation techniques such as lack of forensic evidence, “over-reliance on confession-based evidence” and logistical problems.

Human rights groups have criticised Nigeria’s military for the arbitrary arrest of civilians and detention of suspects for lengthy periods of time without access to legal counsel. The announcement that due process was finally to begin was given a cautious welcome but a ban on media access will likely raise concerns about transparency.

According to Vanguard, British High Commission and US Embassy in Abuja, the UN Office on Drugs and Crime and the International Red Cross would be given “observer status”, therefore will be able to monitor how proceedings are carried out and obviously the suspects will be given legal representation.

The trials will take place in military detention facilities in Kainji, Kogi state, and New Bussa, in Niger state.

 

2 Comments

  1. Breeola

    September 30, 2017 at 11:32 am

    Kainji in kogi state!! Really BN you can do better please

  2. NG

    September 30, 2017 at 1:22 pm

    Story, story… Since these dregs started how many have you prosecuted? Just because of the outcry of witch hunt against Kanu you now remember you have Book dregs in your care. All insult to public intelligence. Anyhow it’s Nigerians that said yes to the insult

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