Amnesty International Hails FG Over Trial Of Boko Haram Suspects

……says good progress for Nigeria’s justice sector

Amnesty International has commended the Federal Government over the

trial of suspected Boko Haram terrorists, describing the ongoing trial

as ”good progress for the justice sector”.

The commendation was contained in a letter addressed to the Minister

of Justice and Attorney-General of the Federation (AGF), Mr Abubakar

Malami (SAN), by Osai Ojigho, Country Director, Amnesty International

Nigeria.

The Minister of Information and Culture, Alhaji Lai Mohammed in a

statement on Sunday in Abuja said that a copy of the letter was made

available to his office by the AGF.

The minister said the Amnesty International Nigeria said its

delegates, who were invited to observe the proceedings at the third

phase of the trial at Wawa Military Cantonment, Kainji, New Bussa,

Niger State from July 8 to July 11, ”were treated with respect and

decorum”.

”Amnesty International has repeatedly and unequivocally condemned the

attacks by members of Boko Haram.

“We have repeatedly urged the Nigerian government to conduct thorough

and independent investigations into the alleged human rights

violations and abuses.

“This is with a view to bringing suspected perpetrators to justice in

a fair trial without recourse to the death penalty and this indeed is

a good progress for the justice sector,” the minister quoted the

global rights campaigner’s letter.

He said Amnesty International Nigeria expressed the hope that it would

also be invited to observe future trials.

Commenting on the letter, Malami said it was a ”clear demonstration of

the strategic role of the Federal Ministry of Justice and its

commitment in adjudicating terrorism cases, implementing the Criminal

Justice Act, and promoting the rule of law and human rights”.