Anambra and the politics of Boko Haram prisoners’ relocation
In this piece, DAVID-CHYDDY ELEKE takes a look at the politics and outdry that has trailed the relocation of some Boko Haram prisoners to Aguata prison in Ekwulobia, Anambra State.
“I must tell you that this development will chase away intending investors to Anambra State thereby setting back the wheel of progress of the state. It is a situation that calls for concern because of the apprehension and restiveness among the people of Ekwulobia. The people are scared and there is a general sense of insecurity in the place. The Ekwulobia prison has a minimum capacity and facility for such high profile in mates. The prison is 80 bedded and there are already 133 inmates and you are adding another 43 inmates of the Boko Haram
prisoners. That is too much and not healthy for human being”, he said.
A lawmaker representing Aguata II Constituency, Mr. Ikem Uzezie appealed to the authorities concerned and President Muhammadu Buhari to as a matter of urgency relocate the Boko Haram inmates to a prison with maximum capacity and facility. “The development calls for concern because the relative peace we have been enjoying has been interrupted” he said. He added that the state House of Assembly when it reconvenes would deliberate on the matter with a view to prevailing on the presidency to redress the issue.