Govt's Poor Prosecution Results In Freedom For Boko Haram Suspects
Two Boko Haram suspects that have stayed in detention for over four years have been discharged by a Federal High Court in Abuja.
The suspects Ibrahim Ahmed and Sani Argungu arrested for alleged ties with Boko Haram now knows what it means to be free again.
While setting them free the court had cited lack of diligent prosecution by the government as its reason for discharging them.
Justice Binta Nyako said that Ahmed had been in detention since 2013, while Argungu had been detained since 2012 without the case proceeding to trial.
The government has failed to call any of its witnesses to prosecute the case, the judge said.
There is, however, a clause with their release.
The is room for the re-arraignment of the defendants whenever the prosecution is able to get its witnesses to attend court.
She said: "The defendants have been in custody with no trial because the prosecution cannot bring its witnesses to court.
"So, I discharge the defendants and the suit is hereby struck out".
There are fears that the freed suspects may never be re-arraigned, since witnesses, who have not showed up in over four years, may never see reasons to show up now.
She added that the defendants, although discharged, would be monitored and warned them not to associate with any person of questionable character.
Ibrahim, in his statement, said he was a security guard at the government house in Sokoto and he was arraigned for allegedly giving passage to Boko Haram members.
He is now a free man, but he may have had a sad experience while in detention.