An Abuja Federal High Court presided over by Justice Binta Nyako on Wednesday freed two terror suspects, arrested and kept in prison custody for the last five years.
The judge held that the two suspects, Ibrahim Ahmed, and Sani Argungu, who were arraigned for alleged ties with Boko Haram, were freed for lack of diligent prosecution by the Federal Government.
According the trial justice, Ahmed had been in detention since 2013 while Argungu had been detained since 2012.
She explained that since the time of their arrest and prosecution that the Federal Government prosecutors did not call any witnesses.
She said, “The defendants have been in custody with no trial because the prosecution cannot bring its witnesses to court. So, I discharge the defendants and the suit is hereby struck out.”
Justice Nyako however held that any time government prosecutors are ready to bring a witness to testify in the matter, that the defendants could be re-arraigned.
This was as she added that the defendants, despite being discharged, would be monitored.
Justice Nyako then cautioned them to refrain from associating with persons of questionable characters.