Some women in Maiduguri are not happy with the way some Boko Haram suspects are being tried in the state.

They want the Federal Government to commit the Boko Haram suspects to public hearing as against the ongoing private trial.

A cross section of the women made the call in Maiduguri on Monday after news of the private trial of Boko Haram suspects filtered in.

Ms Lucy Yunana, a women activist, said that the trial should be made public in view of the atrocities committed by the suspects against humanity.

Lucy said that the public hearing of the suspects would avail Nigerians and victims of the insurgency to get justice.

“We the women of Borno, we say no to private trial of Boko haram suspects.

“As mothers, we are the victims of their heinous crimes and we want to witness the trial and see the enemies of peace.

“We call on the Federal and State Government to make the trial public,” she said.

A mother, Bintu Zanna, said women and children were most affected by the Boko Haram insurgency and that the private trial of the suspects would expose them to hardship, as the action infringed on their rights to justice.

However, an Internally Displaced Person (IDP), Mr Bukar Amin, commended the government over the trial of the suspects.

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Amin called on the Judges to be fair and just in the discharge of their duties.

“The trial would ensure that the culprits are punished according to the crimes they committed against us,” he insisted.

Also commenting, Mr Jubril Gunda, a lawyer, said that the constitution had stipulated for private trial of suspects to guard against further breach of security.

According to him, the law allowed for private trial of suspects in matters of concern to national security or sensitive gender and children issues.

While the private hearing held, certain identified personalities such as counsels; prosecutions, relations of the accused as well as personnel on essential services were granted entry to witness the court proceedings.


The News Agency of Nigeria reports that the Federal Ministry of Justice began the trail of over 1, 600 Boko Haram suspects, who were in detention in the past 8 years.

Two trial centres have been designated in Maiduguri and Kainji in Niger State.