All the 177 communities in Anambra State have called on the federal government to relocate the 47 Boko Haram prisoners recently brought into Ekwulobia prisons out of the state, as businesses have grounded in the zone and investors have started fleeing the area.
President-general Anambra State Association of Town Unions, ASATU, Dr Jude Okolo who briefed journalists yesterday before embarking on a peaceful protest, said the federal government led by President Muhammadu Buhari had no reason at all to move the terror suspects to Anambra State or anywhere in the South-East.
They carried placards with inscriptions that protested the relocation of the prisoners such as ‘Enough is Enough,’ ‘We Demand the Relocation of Boko Haram Prisoners from Our State,’ ‘Is this the Dividends of Democracy?’ among others, and went round some areas in Awka.
They stated that since the said relocation, trading had grounded in Aguata area while investors had started relocating out of the area, just as fear had crept into the entire Ekwulobia, leaving markets in the area nearly empty as people now fear to go into public places like markets.
Okolo, who read a communiqué co-signed by ASATU national secretary, Peter Nwagu, said it received with shock, embarrassment and disdain the news of the relocation of the prisoners through the Nigerian Prisons Service.
It stated that the people of the southern part of Nigeria, particularly the South-East, were the first target of the deadly group which was killing, maiming and displacing the people and also destroying their places of worship, businesses and places of social gathering.
Okolo said the relocation was not well thought out, and was ill conceived, ill considered, grossly insensitive, condemnable and therefore totally unacceptable to them.
He said “if not, why will the insurgents be relocated to a place that was not within the jurisdiction of their activities as they were still awaiting trial.
“The Ekwulobia prison is a minimum prison located in the middle of a densely populated community which is surrounded by tertiary institutions and therefore, grossly inadequate for such inmates of high security risk,” he said

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