Minister of Defence Mansur Dan Ali said there are about 20,000 Boko Haram suspects in Nigeria’s prisons. The minister said the suspects are awaiting to be profiled before putting on trial.
Dan Ali disclosed this today Saturday during a weekly Hausa Programme ” Hannu da Yawa ” aired on FRCN monitored in Kaduna.
” As I’m talking to you now we have about 10-20, 000 Boko Haram suspects scattered in our prisons. We are working tirelessly to profile them so that we put those fully involve to trial.
” We are presently separating those deeply involved in the insurgency from others who are not.
” The delay in their trial has to do with judicial processes but we need to be careful in the profiling that is why it’s taken time before putting them on trial,” he said.
He assured Nigerians that the Army and the present administration are doing their best to end the Boko Haram crisis in the country.
The minister further urged Nigerians to support the fight against the militants by providing information that will lead to their arrest to security agencies.
” it’s high time our people see this fight against the insurgents as a collective responsibility. They need to support the security agents with viable information that will lead to the arrest of these criminals in the society,” he said.
He commended the present administration for its support in improving the welfare of the soldier’s and for providing them with modern equipment to fight the militants.