Investigation: 101 Boko Haram Suspects Languish In Kirikiri, 13 Years After Arrest

At least 101 people arrested for alleged links with Boko Haram have been kept incommunicado at the Kirikiri medium and maximum correctional centres, Lagos for 13 years now, Daily Trust Saturday reports. 

Activists following the case said some of the victims had died in custody long after they were granted bail by the courts but not released by the authorities. 

It was learnt that the detainees were separately arrested in Maiduguri, Bauchi and Kano on suspicion of being members of Boko Haram in late 2009 when police and other security agencies embarked on raids that led to the arrests of suspected members of the terrorist organisation.  

Since then, they have been in detention with no hope of freedom any time soon. 

According to an official of the Legal Aid Council, which has been pursuing the case, the detainees were arrested by the police at various places in Maiduguri in Borno State, Kano and Bauchi. 

“Some of the suspects were arrested in their homes, business premises, mosques, or travelling on the highways during raids carried out by the police,’’ an official of the council, who pleaded for anonymity told Daily Trust Saturday. 

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