The All Progressives Congress (APC), South-East geographic zone, has dismissed rumour of a planned transfer of Boko Haram suspects to Ekwulobia Prison in Aguata Local Government Area of Anambra State Prisons, describing it as ”blatant falsehood”.
In a swift reaction, the Spokesperson, APC, South-East,Mr. Osita Okechukwu in a statement said: ” We wish to state categorically that the rumour making the rounds that Boko Haram detainees will be transferred to Anambra State or any other state for that matter is blatant falsehood.
“We have made contacts with the Presidency, Nigeria Prison Service, Ministry of Internal Affairs and they have assured us that there is no iota of truth in the mischievous rumour.
“In the clarification, Nigeria Prison Service stated unequivocally that, ‘most of the terror suspects are awaiting trial and so there is no way they can be moved to another state, because they must be tried in the state where they committed the crime’.
“They went further to state that their primary and traditional duty is to move detainees from prison to trial courts adding that moving high profile suspects from a distance more than 1000 kilometers from Maiduguri to Onitsha will be near to very difficult.”
“Accordingly, the South East Zone of the APC candidly appeals to our dear compatriots to disregard the blackmail and sinister rumour of rear-guard elements; who are yet to recover from their failure in the March 28th presidential election.
“We assure our people that the change President Muhammadu Buhari promised is real: the 2nd Niger Bridge, Federal Roads, Enugu Coal and other physical and social infrastructure in the South East will be revamped”.
If we recall, there was massive protest in Anambra State on Saturday over the alleged plans to transfer some Boko Haram suspects to the State.