…By Lola Smith for TDPel Media.
In a significant development, a top commander of the Jamā’at Ahl as-Sunnah lid-Da’wah wa’l-Jihād, commonly known as Boko Haram, named Khaid Malam Ali, along with his lieutenant Bunu Umar, has surrendered to the troops of Operation Hadin Kai in Borno state’s North East region.
Ali and his fighters were reportedly displaced by the Islamic State of West African Province (ISWAP) terrorist group following a coordinated raid on Boko Haram hideouts in Bula Alhaji Garwaye, located on the fringes of the Sambisa forest near Bama LGA on July 5, 2023.
Preparations for Boko Haram Trials Underway as Federal Government Plans to Prosecute Detained Members
The Federal Government is currently making arrangements to initiate the trial of approximately 2,000 individuals associated with Boko Haram.
These suspects have been detained for their involvement in terrorist activities, and a team of eight judges will handle the proceedings.
The trials are scheduled to take place in Kainji, Niger State, within a secure environment provided by the special security group, Operation Safe Corridor.
Many of the suspects are already held in detention at this facility.
Logistical Issues Delay Commencement of Trials
Although the plans for the trials were established during the administration of former President Muhammadu Buhari, logistical challenges have caused delays.
Specifically, the Ministry of Justice had requested the Nigerian Air Force’s assistance in transporting the judges and lawyers involved in the proceedings.
However, this request did not receive a positive response, thereby hindering the commencement of the trials.
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