There was tension in Anambra state yesterday, June 29, following reports that 47 Boko Haram prisoners have been relocated to Ekwulobia Prison in Aguata local government area of the state, Vanguard reports.
Hundreds of youths took to the street over the weekend when the rumour first broke about the alleged relocation, leading to the closure of major markets in the state.
It was reported that prisons officials at Ekwulobia Prison did not show any signs that new inmates were brought in.
However, investigations revealed that 47 Boko Haram prisoners were brought to Ekwulobia at midnight on Sunday, June 28, under tight security.
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People whose relatives are serving sentences in the medium security prison have expressed concern over the development, saying their relatives might be in grave danger given the record of the Boko Haram sect.
The senior special assistant on media to the state governor, James Eze, in a statement, said the governor is not aware of the relocation arrangement.
Eze noted that Governor Obiano is concerned about the development and has sought and received assurances from the highest authorities that the issue would be resolved soon.
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Meanwhile, traders in the commercial town of Onitsha have reiterated that they will continue their protest over the alleged relocation of prisoners from the northern part of the country to Ekwulobia Prison.