The Nigerian Government on Monday began the mass public trial of over 1,000 Boko Haram suspects.
The decision to hold a public trial comes after criticism from several right groups, including Amnesty International after last year’s secret trial.
On that occasion, 45 people were sentenced to between three and 31 years in prison. More than 400 others 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.
The cases are been heard at a military facility in central Nigeria’s town of Kainji.
Nigeria has been battling Islamic sect Boko Haram for about 9 years now.
The group whose name means, “Western education is forbidden” has killed more than 20,000 people and displaced more than 2.4 million.
The United Nations last week announced plans to raise $1.05 billion to assist an estimated 6.1 million people in Borno, Adamawa and Yobe states.
It was contained in the 2018 Humanitarian Response plan aimed reaching person displaced by the insurgency in the country’s northeast region.
The 2018 plan, also has three key objectives. The first is to provide life-saving emergency assistance, to the most vulnerable people in conflict-affected areas, ensuring that assistance is timely and to-scale.
The second is to ensure that, all assistance, promotes the protection, safety and dignity of affected people, and is provided equitably to women, girls, men and boys.
The third is to help people, kick-start their lives again, and also, reconstruct the foundations, of their lives, so that, they are better prepared to face future crises.