Court frees 2 Boko Haram suspects over poor prosecution

Court frees 2 Boko Haram suspects over poor prosecution

- The Abuja Federal High Court has freed two Boko Haram suspects who were arrested over five years ago

- Justice Binta Nyako freed the defendants on the ground of what she described as poor prosecution by the federal government

- Justice Nyako noted that Ahmed had been in detention since 2013 while Argungu had been detained since 2012

A Federal High Court sitting in Abuja on Wednesday discharged two persons, Ibrahim Ahmed and Sani Argungu, who were arraigned for alleged ties with Boko Haram, for lack of diligent prosecution.

News Agency of Nigeria reports that the trial judge, Justice Binta Nyako, had freed the defendants on the ground of what she described as poor prosecution by the federal government.

The freed defendants, Ibrahim Ahmed and Sani Argungu, were arraigned by the Federal Government for alleged ties with Boko Haram.

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Discharging the defendants, Justice Nyako noted that Ahmed had been in detention since 2013 while Argungu had been detained since 2012.

The court further noted that since the time of their arrest and prosecution, the government prosecutors were yet to call any witness.

The court held: ''The defendants have been in custody with no trial because the prosecution cannot bring its witnesses to court. So, I discharge the defendants and the suit is hereby struck out.''

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Justice Nyako, however, held that whenever the prosecution was able to get its witnesses to attend court, the defendants could be re-arraigned.

The judge added that the defendants, although discharged, would be monitored. The court warned them not to associate with any person of questionable character.

Ibrahim, who said in his statement that he was a security guard at the Government House, Sokoto, was alleged to have been responsible for giving passage to Boko Haram members.

Meanwhile, Legit.ng had reported that the trial of over 2,000 Boko Haram suspects had begun in Nigeria.

It was held before judges in Kainji, a town in north central region of Nigeria. the reports had it that some civil rights activist have raised concerns about the federal government's decision to carry out a secret trial for the suspects.

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Source: Legit.ng

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