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Confusion trails the prison relocation of 47 Boko Haram Suspects

30 June 2015, 11:31

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.

Also read:Boko Haram kill four in Maiduguri

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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