Army: FG complete first stage prosecution of Boko Haram suspects

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Dayo Opata said the government was also expecting far-reaching recommendations from the panel that would ensure that the military conformed with international human right conventions and laws.

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Suspected Boko Haram members captured by Nigeria Army/ Photo credit: Nigeria Army

Federal Government has successfully completed the first part of the Boko Haram suspect under her custody prosecution. Mr. Dayo Apata who is the Solicitor General of the Federation told news men that government is set to move on to the next stage. He said,

There have been calls from the public, especially members of the human rights community and civil society organisations, for the prosecution of the suspects in accordance with the law. But the solicitor-general emphasised at the event that government “cannot sacrifice human rights in a bid to achieve speed in the prosecution of Boko Haram suspects.’’

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“We are, however, committed to reducing the time frame for which these detainees have to wait for their trial. “We are presently working on the modalities for a prosecution guideline for processing of Boko Haram detainee,’’ Dayo Apata said.

Apata also praised the panel for the successful conclusion of their public hearing. He also noted that Nigerian both at home and those in diaspora and the international communities were all waiting to hear the conclusion report from the panel.

Dayo Opata said the government was also expecting far-reaching recommendations from the panel that would ensure that the military conformed with international human right conventions and laws. Justice Biobele Georgewill, who is the Chairman of the panel said “Volumes of memoranda and presentations were received from Nigerians, professional bodies, civil society organizations and international humanitarian organizations.’’

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“Furthermore, the panel decided to conduct public sitting/hearing where people and groups who have allegations of human rights violations and non-compliance to rules of engagement against the Armed Forces were given opportunity to substantiate their cases. “In the interest and spirit of fair-hearing, members of the Armed Forces were also invited to give their own account of defense on each matter brought before the panel.’’

“The panel deemed it necessary to take the public sitting to all the six geo-political zones of the country in order to avail Nigerians who may not be able to come to Abuja the chance to present their cases. “Also, the panel visited detention facilities, military formations, prisons, including the military commentary in Maiduguri during its tour, all in search of truth,’’ Biobele Georgewill says.

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