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After 5 years in custody, court grants DSS permission to detain Boko Haram suspects for 90 days

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The Federal High Court sitting in Abuja on Tuesday, January 9, granted the Department of State Services (DSS) the permission to detain 400 suspected Boko Haram members for 90 days.

The suspects, the court ruled, would be detained at the security camp in Kainji.

Some of the suspects who have been in custody for the past five years since their arrest are to remain in Kainji camp till April 10.

Guardian reports that the suspects will be detained until their matter comes up before the court.

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At the hearing, the judge over the matter, Justice Babatunde Quadri, who was furious at the slow pace of case granted a exparte motion brought before the court by the DSS.

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Also counsel to the DSS, Geraldine Okafor, argued that the suspects were arrested about five years ago but investigations on their matter could not be completed because the alleged terrorism offence involved other countries, including Niger, Chad and Cameroon.

Okafor told the court that Nigeria and the other countries had raised a joint task force to ensure early completion of investigation into the trans-border terrorism offence.

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She also assured the court that the investigations would be completed before April 10.

In his response, Justice Quadri said, it is important to note that the world was watching Nigeria in respect of the detained suspects.

The judge said the Federal High Court would not allow itself to be used to perpetuate acts that are against the provisions of the constitution.

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He also urged the DSS tolive up to its responsibilities on detained suspects so as not to run contrary to the law.

Hitng.com.ng earlier reported that the chief of army staff said the days of Boko Haram terrorists are numbered in Nigeria.

Buratai charged soldiers to be determined in their efforts to overpower the insurgent.

He also warned that any soldier caught engaging in trading and extortion would be dealt with.

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