Calm has returned to Ekwulobia community in Aguata local government area of Anambra state after 47 suspected Boko Haram sects were relocated from a prison facility located in the area.
According to Premium Times, entrance to the prison that housed the suspected terrorists was guarded by stern looking security agents.
Panic hit the community in June when news filter in that the federal government had concluded plans to relocate some suspected Boko Haram members to the area. Various groups led protest marches against the proposed plan.
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A resident of the area, John Ezendu, who spoke on the development said there is nothing to be excited about the relocation of the terrorists because there was no breach of peace when the terrorists were transferred to the area.
He explained that what is important to the community is for the government to construct roods in the area.
Ezendu said: “We understand that the Boko Haram suspects have been moved from here; that was no problem to us, as you can see there is no excitement.
“What we are praying and hoping for is the construction of our roads so that we can enjoy the benefit of federal presence.”
Another resident who identified himself as Chibuzor denied knowledge of the transfer of the sects members out of the area but noted that their relocation to the community brought a surge in commercial activities.
In his word: “We don’t know about it; we do not have problem here; what I know is that after they came there was protest but for us, market boomed because the prisons authorities came to buy foams and other things.”
However, a prison official who pleaded anonymity confirmed the relocation of the suspects saying they were removed in the wee hours of October 27.
The source added that the movement of the suspected sects members brought a huge relief to the inmates as the prison was full to capacity prior to their relocation.
Meanwhile, the Emir of Kano, Sanusi Lamido Sanusi, has named conflict among security agencies as a factor that could frustrate governments determination to beat the December deadline set for ending the Boko Haram insurgency.
The Emir blamed what he named unhealthy conflict among security agencies in Nigeria in their battle against terrorism. He said that such tendency was not the way to go in tackling insurgency of that nature.
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