Attorney General of the Federation and Minister of Justice, Abubakar Malami (SAN) has been commended for ensuring that the ongoing trial of suspected Boko Haram insurgents meets high global standard.
Recall that a Federal High Court sitting in Wawa Military Cantonment, New Bussa, Niger State, last Monday sentenced one Boko Haram member, Haruna Yahaya, aged 35, to 15 years imprisonment for his role in the abduction of Chibok schoolgirls in 2014.
The proceedings has been rated high, especially in the use of quality legal representations and professionalism exhibited at the trial.
A statement by the special adviser on Media and Publicity to the AGF, Salihu Othman Isah, disclosed that also given pass mark was the standard detention facility in which the detainees were kept and the condition in which they live.
Isah said the Federal High Court equally pledged to attend to the cases without compromise of procedures and rule of law, as the second phase of prosecution of over 1, 000 Boko Haram suspects got underway on Monday.
Speaking at the venue, the director of Criminal Litigation, Institute for Advanced Legal Aid, Tunde Ikusagba commended the high profile lawyers in the prosecution, saying that the trial of the suspects met with international standards.
For his part, the director of Legal in the Defence Headquarters, AVM Ibrahim Shafi’i in his assessment affirmed that the detainees were in good condition while commending the standard detention facilities in the barracks.
The sentenced suspected insurgent, who claimed to be a trader from Potiskum, Yobe State, but resident in Damboa Local Government Area, Borno State, confessed in his statement that he was forced to join the Boko Haram group and had participated in the attack on the Chibok secondary school girls.
He equally confessed to have lost count of the number of people he killed in the many attacks he participated in, despite being physically challenged.
Yahaya further narrated how he was trained to handle AK47 rifle, confessing that his criminal activities spanned from 2015 to 2017 before he was nabbed.
He was subsequently convicted and 15 years imprisonment slammed on him for participating in the abduction of over 200 Chibok girls.
The judge held that he could not use his physically challenged condition to attract sympathy from the court.
The court then ordered that he would serve the sentence in any prison chosen by the Comptroller General of Nigerian Prisons.
He is part of the 20 persons convicted at the resumed hearing of the cases.
Earlier, defence counsel, Matthew Egege pleaded with the court to release the defendant, explaining that he was forced to join the sect and would have been killed if he did not.
The suspect narrated that when they got to the secondary school in Chibok, where the students were preparing for their WAEC examinations, one of the girls named Mariama pleaded with him to help her but he explained to her that he himself had been forced to join.
The prosecution of the first phase was carried out last year at the same venue.

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