- Say they’re security risk
As protests continue to trail the Federal Government’s recent relocation of over 47 Boko Haram detainees to Ekwulobia Prisons in Anambra State, the South-East Governor’s Forum has demanded the immediate withdrawal of the terrorists from their shores.
ey described the detainees as security risk and urged President Muhammadu Buhari to move them to Abuja, the Federal Capital Territory, FCT, “where there is heavy security presence.”
The governors made the demand yesterday after their meeting at the Government House, Owerri, Imo State.
Addressing journalists on the outcome of the parley, the host governor, Owelle Rochas Okorocha, said that the appeal for the relocation of the terrorists from the zone became necessary because of the tension and apprehension their presence had generated in the region.
According to him, the security situation in the zone had been overcharged with the relocation of the prisoners/detainees to Anambra and urged President Buhari to find a place in Abuja where there is adequate security operatives to contend with their threat.
He said: “If there is any place suitable for keeping the Boko Haram prisoners, it is our belief that Abuja is the one place because there is enough security operatives in the FCT.”
The governor disclosed that the forum resolved among other things to work together in the interest of the zone, with a view to building the South-East and making it viable in all sectors.
Although, he said that no chairman had been elected for the forum, Okorocha hinted that the governors urged the Federal Government to consider South Easterners who are victims of insurgency in the North-East in its rehabilitation package for northern victims.
He further said that they resolved to work with President Buhari, adding that the governors would soon visit Aso Rock to interface with the Presidency to present demands of the people of South-East to the President and promised that the zone would not be marginalised by the Buhari administration.
Governor Okorocha washed his hands off the forum and people of the zone on the establishment and running of Radio Biafra, saying it was the creation of people who want to create crisis in the zone where there was none.
Anambra State Governor Willy Obiano was not present or represented at the meeting while his Ebonyi State counterpart, Chief Dave Umeahi, sent his deputy, Kelechi Igwe.