Senator representing Abia North Senatorial District of Abia State in the National Assembly, Chief Mao Ohuabunwa, has urged the federal government to reverse the controversial transfer of Boko Haram prisoners from the Northern parts of the country to Anambra State in the interest of peace.
Ohuabunwa, who spoke in Abuja over the weekend, said there was no justifiable reason why the Boko Haram prisoners should be transferred from the far away North where they were arrested for acts of terrorism to the South East.
The media had been awash recently that an unspecified number of the inmates were allegedly transferred to Ekwulobia Prison in Aguata local government area of Anambra State by the Nigeria Prison Service, NPS.
The state governor, Chief Willie Obiano had claimed that the transfer of the Boko Haram prisoners was perfected in 2012 under the administration of his predecessor, Chief Peter Obi, adding that the transfer would have been effected immediately but for the 2015 general elections.
But Ohuabunwa, who was a former deputy majority leader of the House of Representatives, insisted that the presence of the said inmates in a local prison would create avoidable tension and fear of the unknown in the area and the entire South East.
He promised to, as a matter of urgent public importance raise the sudden transfer of such high profile terrorists to a local prison in Anambra State on the floor of the senate when the lawmakers resume sitting in the next two weeks.
According to him, the transfer of the said inmates if it’s true, should be reversed without further delay, advising that they should be confined in the states where they committed the crime or other states in the North with maximum prisons.
The senator argued that it was security risk to send such prisoners to a local prison in a place with porous security presence, saying “no amount of explanation would justify the transfer of the terrorists to the South East state”.
He, however, expressed regret over the renewed killings by the dreaded Islamic sect in the affected three states in the North East, but urged the federal government to redouble its efforts on total flush out of the terrorists from the land.
Also speaking on the reported crisis in the opposition Peoples Democratic Party, PDP caucus in the senate, Ohuabunwa dismissed the report as untrue.
He said, “PDP caucus in the senate is intact as all the 49 senators are happy with the decision of the party’s national executives as far as the zoning arrangement rolled out in the just ended week for the four principal positions meant for senators and members of House of Representatives on the platform of the party at both chambers are concerned”.
He specifically debunked the rumour making the rounds that PDP senators are already fighting among themselves over the four principal positions.

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