The Ministry of Justice under the Minister of Justice/Attorney-General of the Federation Abubakar Malami with the approval of President Mohammadu Buhari have released 475 Boko haram suspects on grounds of lack of evidence.
The announcement came on Sunday from the minister of justice following the trial of hundreds of suspected Boko Haram extremists before a court at the Kainji military base in central Niger state.
The release order was issued on Friday, with the 475 suspects to be returned to their home states for “proper rehabilitation” before being sent back to their families. Since the Prosecution Counsel could not charge them with any offence due to lack of sufficient evidence against them the suspects were therefore released.
Most Nigerians living in the north have since wondered how the judgement was passed without due process and critical investigations especially in times like this when the country was still at war with Boko haram.
The release of these suspects have since caused the mass exodus of southern Nigerians living in the north to the southern parts where they felt their lives and properties could be secured. Some have however been unable to relocate due to high prices of transportation caused by hike in fuel prices.