Femi Falana Requests Arraignment Dates of 800 Detained Boko Haram Suspects
Mr Femi Falana (SAN), a human rights lawyer and Senior Advocate of Nigeria, has ordered a report from the Attorney-General of the Federation Abubakar Malami on the arrest of 800 Boko Haram suspects (SAN).
On August 5, 2021, Sam Ogala on behalf of Falana and Falana chambers submitted a Freedom of Information request headlined “Request for Information on Prosecution of Arrested 800 Boko Haram Suspects.”
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According to the terms of the Freedom of Information Act, 2011, the law firm that demanded when the Boko Haram suspects will be arraigned in court stated the information should be delivered within seven days.
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. The request was also rejected.
“However, by May 2021, the Office of the Attorney General of the Federation was widely reported 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 industrial action embarked upon by the Judiciary Staff Union of Nigeria was called off.
“In the light of the above, we request that our law firm be furnished with information with respect to when these Boko Haram suspects would be arraigned in court, since the strike by JUSUN has since been called off.”