Mr. Femi Falana (SAN), Human rights lawyer and Senior Advocate of Nigeria, has demanded an update on the arrest of 800 Boko Haram suspects from the Attorney-General of the Federation, Abubakar Malami (SAN).
However, The demand, made in a Freedom of Information request whose title is ‘Request for Information on Prosecution of Arrested
800 Boko Haram Suspects, which was signed by Sam Ogala on behalf of Falana and Falana chambers
on August 5, 2021.
The law firm made a demand about the arraignment of the Boko Haram suspects in court, and also said
the information should be provided within seven days in accordance with the provisions of
the Freedom of Information Act, 2011.
Furthermore, The statement read;
“In April 2021, the governors expressed their reservations over the delay in the trial of the terror suspects,
demanding for a prosecutorial power from the AGF to enable their respective state governments to prosecute
the detained Boko Haram suspects.” It also states the rejection of the request.
Also in the statement, he wrote that in May 2021, the Office of the Attorney General of the Federation was widely in reports both in the print
and electronic media to the effect that the Federal Government had concluded arrangements to prosecute
about 800 suspects linked to the Islamic terrorist group, Boko Haram, as soon as the call off of the industrial action
the Judiciary Staff Union of Nigeria was embarking on.
He further states that In the light of the above, they request that they should furnish their law firm with information with respect to
when the arraignment of the Boko Haram suspects will be in court since the strike by JUSUN has since been called off.”
By Taiyelolu A