Abuja - Anambra State Governor, Willie Obiano, has expressed concern over the reported relocation of some Boko Haram convicts to Ekwulobia Prisons in the state.
He argued the relocation of these would disrupt the peace prevailing in the region.
“The Ekwulobia Prisons is not a Maximum Security Prison. It is therefore not suitable as holding place for convicted terrorists,” Obiano said.
He said global experienc http://bit.ly/1CIs38re showed that terrorists and terror suspects were kept in strongly fortified and isolated places.
“A good example is the Guantanamo Bay Detention Camp where the US keeps high-risk terror suspects and convicts which is a military facility, located away from the people. Ekwulobia Prisons does not fit into this category of detention facilities,” said Obiano.
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He said the Ekwulobia Prisons had a capacity to hold 85 inmates. At the moment, there are 135 inmates in the prison, he said.
“Therefore, there is no space for new prisoners. The acute shortage of space presents a high possibility for the radicalization of other inmates by the Boko Haram convicts,” Obiano said.
He said the relocation of these prisoners to Anambra might not have paid adequate attention to the sensibilities of the country, especially the fact that some ethnic populations have suffered the most from the activities of these convicts across the North.
Obiano urged locals to remain calm and avoid anything that might lead to a breach of peace as the matter is being resolved at the highest level.
The said relocation of some 47 Boko Haram prisoners to the Ekwulobia prison facility has resulted in protest in the area since last Monday.
- CAJ News