By Kunle Olasanmi, Abuja –
Leader of the team of judges handling the Federal Government initiative on the quick dispensation of Boko Haram cases, Justice Binta Nyako of the Federal High Court, Abuja has assured of expeditious trial of suspected terrorists in various detention facilities across the country.
Special Adviser on Media and Publicity to the Attorney General of the Federation and Minister of Justice, Mr. Abubakar Malami, Comrade Salihu Othman Isah, revealed this yesterday in a press statement he issued from Wawa Military Cantonment, Kainji in Borgu local government area of Niger State.
Isah who was at the venue of the ongoing trial which kicked off in four syndicated courts located within the premises of the military facility, disclosed that the judge said this while addressing the inaugural sitting of the courts.
She also advised that the Office of the Attorney General of the Federation should have invited the National Human Rights Commission (NHRC) to witness the proceedings.
She said that for now, the four judges assigned to the cases have no other job except the terrorism cases they have been allocated, pledging that none of the suspects will be persecuted in the course of dispensing justice.
The judge who is operating from Court 1 began the sitting at 1.35pm after leading her team of judges, the prosecutors from the Federal Ministry of Justice and the defence team from the Legal Aid Council on an inspection tour of the facility at about 12.30pm after which the judges proceeded to their various chambers to prepare for their respective cases.
“We are here to ensure that nobody is persecuted. We are here for prosecution and so we have come with open minds. We have been assigned to these cases and we have no other jobs for now.
Though, this is not a regular set up of a court, however, we shall make do with what we have. I think the (Federal) Ministry of Justice should have invited the National Human Rights Commission to witness the proceedings here. I hope it will do so in subsequent ones. We shall be here till whatever time we close, even till 7pm everyday until we dispense of the cases…So, let’s hit the ground running”, she stated.