Religious group kicks against relocation of Boko Haram suspects to Anambra

CAN chairman -Anambra State chapter, Tim Okpala on Monday held a press conference condemning the act of the Federal Government, stating that the relocation of terror suspects poses a security threat to the people of the state

Boko Haram suspects

The Anambra State chapter of Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN), has asked the federal government to relocate urgently Boko Haram suspects in Ekwulobia prison in the state to other places outside the South-east.

According to reports, the call was contained in a communiqué issued by the body after a marathon meeting monday in Awka came on the heels of protests by the body’s women and youth wings as well as clerics under the aegis of (WOWICAN) at the Emmaus House in the city against the camping of the Boko Haram suspects at the Ekwulobia prison facility.

ThisDay reports that the protesters included, Archbishop of the Diocese on the Niger and Dean, Anglican Communion, Most Rev. Christian Efobi, Catholic Bishop of Awka Diocese, Most Rev. Paulinus Ezeokafor, Anglican Bishop of Awka, Most Rev. Alex Ibezim, Bishop of the Niger West, Most Rev. Johnson Ekwe and Bishop Samuel Ezeofor among others denounced the relocation of Boko Haram inmates to Anambra State.

“We have not slept since the ugly situation in Ekwulobia”, “Anambra CAN says no to Boko-Haram,” WOWICAN rejects Boko-Haram”, some of the placards they wielded read.

The situation they insisted had created undue fear and panic among Ekwulobia people, while the residents in the area are relocating to other communities for safety.

CAN chairman - Anambra State chapter, Tim Okpala on Monday held a press conference condemning the act of the Federal Government, stating that the relocation of terror suspects poses a security threat to the people of the state.

He was quoted as saying: "We condemn the act of bring insurgents to an ordinary prison like Ekwulobia Prison in Anambra state. We recommend that they be transferred to maximum security prisons in this country. We ask the Federal government as a matter of urgency to relocate the Boko Haram inmates to other places".

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