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104 Boko Haram suspects in Lagos prisons, says Minister

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14. June


The Federal Government yesterday began dialogue with the 104 Boko Haram suspects being detained in Lagos prisons.

The Minister of Special Duties, Kabiru Tanimu, and Chairman, Presidential Committee on Dialogue and Peaceful Resolution of Security Challenges in the North, led the committee members to the meeting.

Tanimu told reporters after the meeting that the visit was aimed at interacting with the suspects and chart a way forward.

The minister led 18 members of the committee on the visit.

After a one-on-one session with the 34 suspects at the medium prison, the committee moved to the Maximum Security Prison, under the command of DCP Olumide Tinuoye, to confer with 70 members of the group being detained in the facility.

“We came here basically to have interaction with people detained in connection with acts relating to terrorism.

“We have interacted and spoken to them and they responded very sincerely and frankly, and I think I can say that we were well informed about most of the things they were interested in.

“For now, we are more concerned with the release of vulnerable people and those not pinned down by the security agencies.

“We have seen those the Directorate of Public Prosecution (DPR) advised for release.

“We have not seen any woman or child here, but even at that, I am sure the committee will make appropriate recommendations as far as the issue of their release is concerned.

“We have interacted with stakeholders. We have been informed and we have been given advices that will help in making our recommendation to government.

“I can assure you that the committee is on top of the situation as far as dialogue is concerned. We have no serious challenges at the moment.”

The minister added: “I cannot say that we are going to release them. But since we have had interactions with the inmates, the committee will sit down and discuss before suggestions about release are made to the appropriate quarters.

“After our recommendations, there are plans for a concrete impact assessment program because at the end of the day we have been asked to study the situation critically and carefully and make recommendations for victims support. I assure you that Nigerians will be very proud of this committee.”

Also on the entourage were the Controller of Prisons, Lagos State Command; Katherine Nkolika Onoye, the Assistant Controller General of Prisons, in charge of Operations, Mr. Nuhu Zuru and the state Public Relations Officer, Bisi Jeje.

Article Credit: The Nation Newspaper

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