The Federal High Court sitting in Wawa Cantonment, Kainji, New Bussa, Niger State has released 475 suspects from the detention facility after the prosecution found no evidence linking them with acts of terrorism.
"Therefore, the suspects were released on motion exparte pursuance of section 35 (4) of the Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, 1999 (as amended)," statement by Othman Salihu Isah, spokesman to the Minister of Justice said yesterday.
He said mentally challenged suspects among those freed would be taken to medical facilities, while others are to be handed over to their state governments for rehabilitation. Among those freed was a female suspect, Lubabatu Yakubu who was arrested in 2014 by officials of the Department of Security Services (DSS) in Numan, Adamawa State, two days after she was divorced by her Boko Haram husband.
Another suspect, a young mother, Mariam Mohammed, a Shua Arab from Borno State was released. She was lured into the Boko Haram sect and taken to Sambisa forest by her elder brother and married off to his friend at eleven years old. She was arrested by soldiers of the Joint Task Force (JTF) in 2014, while trying to escape the Boko Haram enclave in the Sambisa forest.
Others released are: Taye and Kehinde Hamza, both identical twins from Oyo State based in Bauchi State. The twins who are mechanics by profession were arrested in 2010 by the DSS at their workshop in Bauchi State for servicing a vehicle belonging to the Boko Haram.
Meanwhile, one of the convicted masterminds of the kidnap of the Chibok girls has been jailed for additional 15 years. Haruna Yahaya, 35, who was on February 12 sentenced to 15 years imprisonment, had his term extended by 15 more years. The statement said Yahaya's sentence would run concurrently for 30 years.