Awka- Confusion trailed the whereabouts of 47 Boko Haram suspects on Monday who were allegedly relocated to Ekwulobia Prisons in Anambra State on Sunday morning amid water tight security, reports Thisday
Though the headquarters of the Nigerian Prisons Service (NPS) in Abuja denied their relocation, the arrival of the prisoners was common knowledge among residents of the state who discussed the development in public places, which created tension across Anambra.
Reacting to the development, the Senior Special Assistant to the Governor on Media, James Eze, said that governor of Anambra State Willy Obiano kicked against the planned relocation.
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He said that Ekwulobia Prisons is not a maximum security prison, and therefore was not suitable as a holding place for convicted terrorists.
The spokesperson also revealed that the prisons had a capacity to hold 85 inmates, but there are 135 inmates in the prison.
The rumour of the planned relocation of the captured Boko Haram prisoners to the Ekwulobia Prisons had on Saturday sparked off protests in the state’s major cities of Onitsha, Awka, Nnewi and Ekwulobia crippling economic activities statewide with the attendant confusion everywhere.
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