Boko Haram Suspects Released


Almost 500 Boko Haram suspects have been released by a Nigerian court citing a lack of evidence, with some detainees held for years without charge.

Boko Haram jihadists are being blamed for the blasts, though the group has yet to say it was behind them. "Therefore, the suspects were released", Isah said.

The court freed the suspects because the prosecution counsel was unable to make any charge stick on them due to insufficient evidence.

Suspects suffering mental or physical ailments are to be provided medical attention at any appropriate medical or other mental health facilities, it quoted the court as ruling.

"The states were also to provide appropriate training in the manner and for the period that the state deemed appropriate and reasonable".

The West African nation has lost more than 20,000 lives in the Northern region since 2009 to the insurgency of Boko Haram.

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Nigeria has been battling Islamic sect Boko Haram for about 9 years now. Thousands of other residents from villages overrun by Boko Haram are also believed to be held in miserable conditions by the militants, who are known to conscript children into fighting. She was arrested in 2014 while trying to escape.

"Taye Hamza and Kehinde Hamza are both identical twins from Oyo State based in Bauchi State".

"They slit the throat of the driver and then opened fire on the vehicle killing every one on board and then set it ablaze", said Abdu, the village head.

Earlier in the week, he had been jailed for 15 years but the court handed him an additional 15-year term on Friday, with the judge saying the two sentences would run consecutively.

At least 18 people and possibly many more have been killed in a clash between bandits and villagers in northwest Nigeria, police said on Friday, and President Muhammadu Buhari ordered security forces to track down those responsible.

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