Four hundred and seventy five Boko Haram suspects have been freed for lack of evidence following series of mass trials, the justice ministry said.
The ministry made this known on Sunday.
It said the 475 persons would be returned to their home states for “proper rehabilitation” before being sent back to their families,
According to the ministry spokesman, Salihu Othman Isah, they were arrested on grounds they either belonged to Boko Haram, or had concealed information about the group’s plans or its members’ whereabouts.
“However, the Prosecution Counsel could not charge them with any offence due to lack of sufficient evidence against them. Therefore, the suspects were released,” Isah said.
Among those released was a young girl with a three-month-old baby from Borno State who was taken to a Boko Haram enclave by her brother and married off to his friend when she was 11. She was arrested in 2014 while trying to escape.