Abuja - The Abia State Government slammed plans by some lawmakers in the Jigawa State House of Assembly to sue the government over the recent arrest of its citizens that were among the 486 terror suspects.
They were arrested last week in a convoy of more than 30 buses by a team of soldiers on routine patrol at Aro Ngwa and Imo Gate along Enugu/Port Harcourt Expressway.
“The attention of the Abia State Government has been drawn to the statements credited to some lawmakers in the Jigawa State House of Assembly, where the latter had vowed to drag the Abia State government to court over the arrest of its citizens," the state government said in a statement signed by Charles Ajunwa, Chief Press Secretary, to the state governor.
"The state government also has noted with dismay the reckless and unguarded utterances coming from some northern individuals and groups pretending to be the voices of the people of the North. These unpatriotic elements for no just cause have deliberately employed all kinds of guerrilla tactics to tarnish the good image of the Abia State government simply because it exposed and alerted the nation and the international community on the arrest of 486 suspected Boko Haram members."
Ajunwa added that the position of the Abia State government is that the security agencies should be allowed to thoroughly investigate this matter.
“Those meddling into this matter through their reckless and unguarded utterances aimed at whip up sentiments for the detained suspects are the real problems of this country. There is no need at early stage to trivialize this matter along religious and ethnic lines," said the government official.
He said the threat by some lawmakers in the Jigawa State House of Assembly to drag Abia State government to court if some of its citizens among the 486 Boko Haram suspects were not released to say the least is laughable and diversionary.
"Their utterances showed that they are lawbreakers and not lawmakers. Instead of the lawmakers to praise the Abia State government for providing the security agencies the enabling environment to discharge their constitutional duties they are busy chasing shadows."
- CAJ News
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