Courts Remand 300 Boko Haram Suspects
Three hundred Boko Haram suspects were officially remanded in custody on Tuesday, as hearings got under way in the first mass trials linked to the Islamist insurgency.
The media has been banned on security grounds from attending proceedings at four civilian courts set up in a military base in Kainji, Niger state.
But the justice ministry said in an emailed statement that three separate cases, each involving 100 defendants, were heard in three of the courts.
Ministry spokesman Salihu Othman Isah said the judges ordered all the defendants to be remanded in custody for 90 days, pending further investigations and preparation of charges.
The hearings will resume on January 9, the judges ruled.
One defendant, who is accused of attempting to bomb the main mosque in Bauchi, was ordered to be transferred to face trial.
A total of 1,669 suspects — 1,631 men, 11 women, 26 boys and one girl — are being held at the Kainji facility, pending formal charges and trial.