45 Boko Haram members to get 31 years jail term

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A Federal High Court sitting in Kainji, Niger State, has convicted and sentenced 45 Boko Haram members to between three and 31 years in jail, following the conclusion of the first phase of the trial during which 575 Boko Haram suspects were arraigned.

In a statement issued in Abuja on Friday, the Minister of Information and Culture, Alhaji Lai Mohammed, said the court also discharged 468 suspects who had no case to answer.

He added that 34 cases were struck out while 28 suspects were remanded for trial in Abuja and Minna.

He added that the court ordered that the 468 discharged persons should undergo de-radicalisation and rehabilitation programmes before being handed over to their respective state governments.

The trial commenced with the formal remand by the court of 1,669 suspects for a period of 90 days, with the court ordering that they should be arraigned within the specified period or released unconditionally.

The court adjourned the trial of other suspects to January 2018.

Boko Haram insurgency has led to the deaths of more than 20,000 people and the displacement of over two million persons.

The group had been trying to create an Islamic state in the Lake Chad region, which covers some parts of Nigeria, Niger, Cameroon, and Chad.

The terrorist sect gained notoriety when it abducted more than 200 girls from the Chibok community, Borno State in April 2014.

Source:( Punch Newspaper )

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