Anambra Prisons Authorities confirm that Boko Haram convicts were awaited in Anambra Prisons
A senior prisoner officer in Ekwuluobia prisons who pleaded to remain anonymous has confirmed the directive by President Muhammadu Buhari for the transfer of Boko Haram convicts to prisons in Anambra, saying that the convicts were being awaited.
There have been series of protest in Anambra cities of NNewi, Awka, Ekwulobia and Onitsha over the order, leading to closure of markets.
The traders said bringing the prisoners to Anambra will radicalise the already existing prisoners in various cells and boost the activities of the extremist Islamic group.
AStakeholders in Anambra has condemned the directives given by the President Mohammadu Buhari to relocate some of the boko haram convicts down to Onitsha and Ekwuluobia prison in Anambra stat.
Speaking to newsmen , Mr Godwin Ezeemo , a publisher of Orient Dailies cum business guru has frowned at the president’s directives and said that such action was capable of causing chaos .
Ezeemo said that such directives was not in tandem with social reformation and co peaceful existence as such mix up would pollute their mind set of those in prison who have committee civil offence and are awaiting trial either for sentences or release.
He said that the government should have made improvise prison where only people with such like minds would be kept and placed under reformation to get they back to normal living.
According to him, mixing the extremists with the ordinary prisoners tends more danger than they were trying to prevent,” In American such case was handled by placing the identified terrorist in a special cell and decision was taken on them.
Ezeemo called on the Federal government to have a rethink on the decision and see that such decision would breed bad blood in the minds of the Igbo’s and should avoid such actions that could lead to unrest in the country .
He suggested that the federal government should build prisons to handle such cases and if it must relocate the book haram prisoners that near by prisons was more suitable than coming down to the eastern part of the country where relative peace was being enjoyed.
He said that “ This action or directives of the presidents leaves fears in minds of the people of the sincerity of the government wanting to have a unified and peaceful country “ he said