The Federal Government has started the trial process of some Boko Haram suspects currently kept at the military detention facility in Kainji, New Bussa, Niger State.
The lead judge of the Federal High Court, Abuja at the trials on Monday, February 12, 2018, announced that cases of 700 suspects have been allotted for hearing.
There are at least 1,000 suspected members of the sect at the detention facility.
Authorities say about 468 persons are expected to be released for want of evidence. Those released will undergo a de-radicalisation programme under the office of the National Security Adviser.
Air Vice Marshal Ibrahim Shafi’i, the director of legal at the defence headquarters, Abuja, said the programme is a very important process for Nigeria in its effort to tackle the challenges of insurgency.
“This judicial process has never been done anywhere in the world,” he said.