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101 Boko Haram suspects sue FG after spending 12 years in prison without trial, demand N303m compensation

- After spending 12 years in detention without trial, some Boko Haram suspects have dragged the FG to court

- The suspects, among other things, want the court to order their release and direct the FG to pay them N303 million as compensation

- The suit filed before the Federal High Court in Lagos will be heard on Monday, March 8

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Some suspected Boko Haram insurgents have dragged the federal government to court over their alleged detention for 12 years without trial.

The Nation reports that the suspects want the Federal High Court in Lagos to declare their detention as illegal and unconstitutional.

Represented by Ahmed Adetola-Kazeem, a lawyer with the Prisoners’ Rights Advocacy Initiative (PRAI), the suspects also want the court to order their unconditional release from detention.

101 Boko Haram suspects sue FG for illegal detention, demand N303m compensation

Some Boko Haram suspects have sued the federal government for illegal detention. Photo credit: @MalamiSan
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They also want an order by the court directing the federal government to pay them N303million as compensation for their alleged unlawful and unconstitutional arrest and detention.

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The suspects who have been in detention since July 2009 are currently at the Kirikiri Maximum and Medium Custodial Centres.

Legit.ng gathers that the respondents are the Attorney-General of the Federation, the Inspector-General of Police, the National Security Adviser (NSA) and the Controller-General of the Correctional Service.

The suit will be heard on Monday, March 8, before Justice Mohammed Liman.

Meanwhile, Legit.ng earlier reported that the federal government said it will soon start the trial of 5,000 suspected Boko Haram insurgents detained in various locations of the country.

This was disclosed by the director-general of Legal Aid Council Aliyu Abubakar, on Tuesday, February 24.

Abubakar speaking during a courtesy visit to Governor Babagana Zulum of Borno state, said the inmates were detained at Giwa Barracks, Maiduguri, and Kainji correctional facilities, among others.

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In other news, the Nasarawa state governor, Abdullahi Sule, has disclosed that members of Darul Salam, a splinter Boko Haram group, are regrouping in the state.

He made the disclosure at a security meeting with some stakeholders, including traditional rulers, from the five affected local government areas at Government House, Lafia, on Monday, March 1.

The governor noted that the terrorists are now regrouping in five out of the 3 local government areas of the state.


Nurudeen Lawal is a Legit.ng journalist passionate about fact-checking/verification journalism. He holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Literature-in-English from Obafemi Awolowo University, Ile-Ife, Osun State. As Politics Editor, Nurudeen mostly writes on Nigeria’s political and socio-economic developments. He has attended different workshops, conferences and training on fact-checking and digital reporting, among others. Learn more about him on Twitter, @Nurudeen Lawal_

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