Over 1,000 suspected Boko Haram militants who have been held for years will appear before the civilian courts at a military facility in central Nigeria’s town of Kainji.
The decision to hold the largest mass trial in the country’s history comes after human rights groups, including Amnesty International, criticised secret hearings during the first phase of the trials last October.
On that occasion, 45 people were sentenced to between three and 31 years in prison. More than 400 other Boko Haram suspects were discharged for lack of evidence.
The trials were halted for four months to enable the authorities finish investigations on the Boko Haram suspects, according to Nigeria’s Justice Ministry.
Thousands of other suspected militants being detained in other facilities across the country are also expected to be tried later.