Lagos - The Anambra State Branch of the Civil Liberties Organisation (CLO), a prodemocracy group, has slammed the relocation of Boko Haram suspects to Aguata Prisons in the state.
Aloysius Emeka Attah, Chairman of the organisation described the relocation as “another devilish onslaught against Ndigbo.”
“It is our position in the Anambra State Branch of the Civil Liberties Organisation (CLO) that against all intents and purposes which the federal government of Nigeria can give, the relocation of such breed of suspects to Anambra State is illogical, ill-conceived, detrimental to the Nigerian and Igbo society and uncalled for,” he said.
Attah argued bringing Boko Haram suspects to Anambra State would compound and escalate the issue of terrorism instead of taming the scourge.
“The detainees also while here have been denied access to justice since the courts in Anambra have no jurisdiction to try them. Their presence here in the state has heightened the fear of insecurity among the citizens and the people are psychologically scared already.”
Attah commended all individuals, the clergy, groups and associations that had spoken up in condemnation of the federal government action.
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“We also condemn the politicization of the government action and the use of such situation to score cheap political points.”
He said the recent statement credited to Governor Wilie Obiano through his political adviser, Chinedu Obidigwe, where he accused former Governor, Peter Obi as the brains behind the relocation of the Boko Haram suspects to Anambra was infantile.
“Obiano should be reminded that his greatest undoing which will always backfire as he remains governor is to make any attack whether veiled or open to his predecessor, Mr. Peter Obi. He should also be wary of sycophants surrounding him who may present the picture of promoting him as Akpokue Dike of the whole world but will end up leading him into making fatal mistakes.”
Attah said while his organisation welcomed the reported meeting between the state government and a federal government delegation over the issue of Boko Haram suspects, they called on the latter to return the Boko Haram detainees to their former base .
“Government should intensify its efforts in combating terrorism and endeavor to subject its actions and policy statements/ directions to proper scrutiny before execution in line with the public opinion guage to avoid frequent somersaults and reversals.”
The relocation of some 47 Boko Haram prisoners to the prison facilities has resulted in protests.
- CAJ News