Ekwulobia Boko Haram Saga: Obiano Holds Closed Door Meeting with Delegation from Abuja

By Emeka Ozumba

The controversies generated by the curious transfer of 47 Boko Haram suspects to Ekwulobia Prisons in Anambra State may soon go away following a 2-hour closed door meeting Wednesday between the governor of Anambra State, Chief Willie Obiano and a 7-man delegation from the National Security Adviser at the Governor’s Lodge, Amawbia.

The meeting which attracted highly respected senior citizens of the state took place on the instance of the Presidency following a passionate appeal by Governor Obiano to the Presidency, endless protests and wide agitations by traders, the South East Governors’ Forum, OhanezeNdigbo, Aka Ikenga, members of the Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN), Anambra State Council of Traditional Rulers, Association of Town Unions, civil society groups and numerous social cultural associations across the region against the transfer of the dreaded inmates from Chad to Ekwulobia.

Addressing the press after the meeting, Governor Obiano assured NdiAnambra that the deliberations between his team and the team from the Presidency was highly successful and expressed optimism that the matter would be resolved very soon.

Flanked by the Obi of Onitsha, HRM, IgweNnemeka Achebe, the Igwe of Umuoji, HRH Cyril Enweze, the Catholic Bishop of Awka, Most Rev. PaulinusOkafor, the Anglican Bishop of Awka, Rt. Rev. Dr. Alexander Ibezim, the Anambra State Chairman of CAN, Apostle Theo Okpala, AkudoluGozie, Coordinator South East Traders Association, OkwudiliEzenwankwo, President General AMATAS, Dr. Jude Okolo, National President ASATU and Barr. Ephraim Ilozumba, National Legal Adviser ASATU, Governor Obiano explained that the Presidency was fully aware of the strong feelings of NdiAnambra against the presence of the high risk prisoners and had given his assurance that the dreaded inmates would soon be moved out of the state.

He called on NdiAnambra to maintain the peace and desist from anything that might lead to a disruption of the harmonious atmosphere that has enveloped the state in the past one year, further emphasizing that the matter would soon be over.

Since news of the transfer of the deadly prisoners to Ekwulobia, a busting commercial town in Aguata Local Government Area, filtered to town, Governor Obiano has been relentless in his efforts to engage all the relevant authorities on the matter in Abuja while re-assuring NdiAnambra to desist from anything that might lead to a breach of the peace.

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(L-R) Rt. Rev Dr. Alexander Ibezim, the Anglican Bishop ofAwka, HRM Igwe Nnaemeka Achebe, the Obi of Onitsha, Chief WillieObiano, Governor of Anambra State, Most Rev. Paulinus Ezeokafor, theCatholic Bishop of Awka and Chief Okwudili Ezenwankwo, PresidentGeneral AMATAS addressing the press at the Governor's Lodge Awka,after a closed door meeting with a delegation from the Presidency onthe controversial transfer of Boko Haram inmates toEkwulobia...Wednesday.