Boko Haram trials set to begin  

The first of more than 1,600 suspected Boko Haram militants are due to appear in a series of trials scheduled to start later today in Nigeria. Most of the defendants were arrested in the last few years as the Nigerian government stepped up its campaign against the Islamist militant group.

Boko Haram has been fighting for the last eight years to overthrow the government and create an Islamic state. There are at least 7,000 suspects being held in different locations the north-east of the country who are expected to face trial in the coming weeks.

To date a small number of people have been tried and convicted for links to the insurgency. The BBC’s Ishaq Khalid in the northern city of Bauchi says it is an enormous challenge for a judicial system plagued with corruption.

The Nigerian courts are also chronically slow and these are cases with more difficulties than most, he says.

Laura Nayere
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I am a trained Television producer, with Bachelor Degree in Broadcast Production(Television) University of Nairobi and also Diploma in Mass communication from the Multimedia University specialized in (Radio Production) I have had experience from different media houses from Print Media, Radio and Television. I worked with Kenya News Agency as a features writer and a court reporter, also worked with Pamoja FM as a reporter. later joined Association of Media Women in Kenya(AMWIK)where I acquired skills in research, content development, writing articles on gender basically women empowerment and doing radio programs. I then proceeded to British Broadcasting Cooperation where I did news reporting, Script writing and also Feature Stories. I later joined KTN NEWS as a producer of different programs. I am passionate in journalism as a career and hope to move the media to a higher notch than the ordinary media today. I like acting, travelling and writing

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