The Federal Government says it soon begin the arraignment of 5,000 suspected Boko Haram members in various detention facilities across the country.
The Director General of Legal Aid Council, Aliyu Abubakar, disclosed this during a courtesy visit to Borno Governor Babagana Zulum on Tuesday at the Maiduguri Government House.
Abubakar said that the inmate were detained at Giwa Barrack, Maiduguri and Kainji Correctional facilities among others over their alleged involvement in the activities of the Boko Haram.
He said that the trial would be conducted by the Office of the Attorney General of the Federation, Office of the National Security Advisers in collaboration with the Theatre Command Operation Lafiya Dole, while the Legal Aid Council was mandated to provide Defence for the inmates during the hearing of the case.
He explained that the legal aid team have so far interviewed about 283 as part of the efforts to established extend of their involvement as well as to understand the nature of the crimes they committed.
It was necessary for them to be represented by council to make sure that the official fulfil all the requirement of the provisions of the law.
All evidence must be presented against them before the court of the law so that those that were found guilty are prosecuted and face the consequences of their action.
He prayed that with the recent changes made in the country’s Military leadership would transform into progress toward bringing an end to the scourge of insurgency and armed banditry in the country.
In his remarks, Governor Babagana Zulum, said the government was ready to partner with the federal government to enable it achieved it mandate.
Represented by the Deputy Governor, Zulum, lauded the council for providing legal support to the people of the state while assuring them that the government’s commitment toward supporting the activities of the council financially.
He also urged the federal government and other stakeholders to adopt a sustainability plans in the Operation Safe Corridor program geared toward rehabilitation of persons connected to insurgency.
He said that lack of proper exit sustainability plans on the program has, remained a major challenge hampering the success of the program in the state.