A Federal High Court sitting in Kainji, Niger State, has convicted 45 Boko Haram members ranging from 3 to 31 years in prison.
The conviction took place after the end of the main period of trial for 575 speculated Boko Haram members.
In a statement on Friday, the Minister of Information and Culture, Lai Mohammed, said the court likewise “released 468 suspects who had no case to answer.”
In an announcement signed by his media aide, Segun Adeyemi, Mohammed stated, “Thirty-four cases were struck out while 28 suspects were remanded for trial in Abuja and Minna.
“The Court ordered that the 468 discharged persons should undergo deradicalization and rehabilitation programmes before they are handed over to their respective state governments.
“The trial commenced with the formal remand by the Court of 1,669 suspects for a period of 90 days, with the Court ordering that they are arraigned within the specified period or released unconditionally.”