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Anambra Residents Protest Following Alleged Transfer of Boko Haram Prisoners to State Prison



BH Protests

Earlier this week, residents and traders in Ekwulobia, Aguata Local Government Area of Anambra State, took to the streets to protest the alleged transfer of Boko Haram prisoners to Anambra prisons.

According to Vanguard, the prisons’ authorities stated that no plans are being made to accept the terrorists into their facilities, however; residents remained unconvinced.

Carrying placards with inscriptions such as “Ekwulobia town doesn’t need Boko Haram prisoners” “Please save our state from Boko Haram insurgents” “Why Ekwulobia of all the towns,  and Why Anambra State of all the states,” the residents expressed their displeasure.

President-General of South East Markets Amalgamated Traders Association (SEMATAS), Okwudili Ezenwankwo, said:

‘’We have confirmed that the story of bringing Boko Haram detainees after our protest and closing of markets in Onitsha last Saturday is true, the detainees were said to have been sent on last Sunday night, the prison officials in Ekwulobia confirmed the story for us and we are not happy.

They are 49 detainees, they were brought on Sunda, June 28 night under tight security, our worry is that we will be having their friends visiting them in the prisons and they will be coming with all types of dangerous plans, before you know it we will be talking of jail breaks and if iit happens we are in trouble.

Photo Credit: Vanguard


  1. Fume

    July 3, 2015 at 10:41 am

    okay now! waiting to see how this plays out. they’re right to protest and in saying there will be jail breaks if this is true.

    • chy

      July 3, 2015 at 12:02 pm

      na u go help them break the jail abi?be realistic for once

  2. OD

    July 3, 2015 at 10:49 am

    I dont understand how this affects the people. Tranfer of prisoner(s) from one State prison to another did not start today. Its been there from on set. People just like causing trouble wihere there is non.

    • mrs chidukane

      July 3, 2015 at 11:40 am

      @oD how doesn’t it affect them? Bringing TERRORISTS to a minimum security prison, that is over crowded already, located in a village? I don’t see why you don’t think it’s wrong. What if there is a jailbreak? Or their members decide to attack the town? I can assure you this they’ll gladly do because the brunt of their attacks had been ibos and Christians before they moved on to northern Christians and now Muslims who don’t support them. Fulani herdsmen attack and rape women in Imo state who dare stop their cattle from eating up their farm produce and you think people who have heard BH men are being relocated to their city shouldn’t protest? Wonderful.

    • LadyIris

      July 3, 2015 at 12:31 pm

      If your argument is correct then why can the other Igbo prisoners not kill dem for killing igbo people? You Igbo should share in the pain we suffer hear in the north and Abuja. They will move some to the south south also so tha BH will start attacking everywhere.

    • Busarni

      July 3, 2015 at 3:32 pm

      Mrs chidu; Haba na, it’s too early to be angry with snail Buhari your hero. Hahaha, take heart there , it’s one of those price you have got to pay.
      Maybe the want to turn it to a maximum prison. What do I know, let me just face my work. Girl bye

    • chy

      July 3, 2015 at 12:00 pm

      dont mind onitsha traders who sabi raise alarm over nothing

  3. HRO

    July 3, 2015 at 11:19 am

    I said it buhari ve bad plan for Igbo, Igbo should wake up b4 buhari destroy their town

    • Ada

      July 3, 2015 at 11:39 am

      @HRO, not everything is a conspiracy theory. Obiano has come out to say GEJ had actually signed off on the transfer when Peter obi was the Governor. the transfer just happens to be taking place now as most things in a Governance are a continuance.

      So if you have. any problems with the transfer of the prisons look at your “Hero” GEJ ? Maybe he also had bad plans for the Igbos abi?

    • Ivy Nils

      July 3, 2015 at 12:34 pm

      @Ada, Former Gov. Obi has refuted that claim, in 2012, GEJ was bearly a year in office, and Baba go slow boys was just gaining grounds, i wonder which BH prisoners he was planning to relocate, and why it was never effected.

      Also how come the first gift the dullard of duara can give to the SE is his notorious boy, SS and SW dont sit back, cos what goes around come around, so far all appointment are from the north……..just saying..

      I hope there will still be a country called Nigeria by this time this change is complete. SW see the kind wahala una produce.

    • Bola

      July 3, 2015 at 1:23 pm

      Their hero GEJ gave them a goodbye present so why are they complaining he he he. The prisoners have already been transferred and no amount of protests will make the government transfer them to another state. It doesn’t work like that . If the government caves in and moves them no other state will agree to take them when they are not mumus, everyone will simply protest. So Anambra be good hosts

    • Chris

      July 10, 2015 at 11:54 am

      Its not a conspiracy, so what is it?

    • chy

      July 3, 2015 at 12:01 pm

      ur telling the ibos who sat at the beer parlour on the election day instead of voting to wake up abi?ur on a long tin

    • Chris

      July 10, 2015 at 11:47 am

      Ibos are fed up with your so called Nigeria, haven’t noticed that already? Whatbdo u have wit Onitsha and Ibos? Hahaahahaa jealousy tinz i see…..

  4. Chi

    July 3, 2015 at 11:48 am

    All Anambra indigenes reject Boko Haram detainees in Anambra State!Buhari take note.keep dem in d North.A word is enough for d wise.

  5. chy

    July 3, 2015 at 11:59 am

    transfer of prisoners have been in existence for long so whats the fuss about?moreova this so called bokoharam in my own understanding are not ethnic or religious enemy cos they kill their fellow northerners and muslim in the norths too.they are just confused set of people who are confused abt their agenda or rather they dont have one except to cause chaos in the north.Atleast isis agenda is clear

    • Y

      July 3, 2015 at 1:08 pm

      @chy, I see you’ve dropped different comments in defence of the decision to transfer the prisoners to Anambra. Seems you’re eager to drop more. And you call yourself ‘chy’?
      Do you recall when and why many Americans protested against building a mosque just few blocks from ground zero? Do you know how many Igbos, Anambrarians that have been killed by the BH insurgents? (See Mrs. Chudikane’s comment above on the sequence of killings). Do you know there are prisons in Katsina and Daura? I bet you’re aware the one in Ekwulobia is not a maximum prison.
      You actually said onitsha traders are protesting over nothing. Onitsha traders? Nothing? Sometimes you need to step in others’ shoes to make a valid comment about their situation.

    • chy

      July 4, 2015 at 11:39 am

      oga first of ur name na Y” so give me one good reason “Y”u shud pokenose into my comments

    • Chris

      July 10, 2015 at 11:45 am

      “bokoharam in my own understanding are not ethnic or religious enemy.” Yeah thats right, it shows you have zero% understanding…. why can’t you just zip up that shit hole you call mouth?

  6. Onyinye.gloria

    July 3, 2015 at 12:08 pm

    Why can’t buhari put them in his home town in kastina mad man

    • nene

      July 3, 2015 at 5:14 pm


  7. God's Gold

    July 3, 2015 at 12:10 pm

    All Eastern States should reject Boko Haram detainees in Anambra State!!! Why should our place be a dumping ground for Boko Haram terrorists? The next thing we will hear is that they escaped and are raging havoc across Igbo land. Buhari should keep them in his compound if he doesn’t know what to do with them. Why should he export terrorism to Igbo land!!! Our leaders are getting a rude awakening.

  8. isaid!!

    July 3, 2015 at 12:17 pm

    What does the government do for this state? I don’t think its much especially is you are an easterner, so its not difficult to appreciate their reluctance to welcome terrorists.

  9. LadyIris

    July 3, 2015 at 12:38 pm

    The hole of Nigeria need to shear the pain of boko haram. The north have been suffering it since. Ntoi! Na we dey rule now! Your president refuse to stop attack in the north. Now our president will spread it to your area. You all will be punish.

    • Young and Confused

      July 3, 2015 at 1:41 pm

      Are you serious?! Wow! I cant believe someone actually typed this?! Wow!!! This is beyond me…

    • Ladyirisisretarded

      July 3, 2015 at 2:00 pm

      All you people with evil plans and divisive character. It shall not be well with you if you don’t repent!!! We dey pray. And God is not sleeping. It is you that God will punish!! For being so evil in thought, go and find out

    • ChicadimplesNG

      July 3, 2015 at 2:45 pm

      LadyIsri u sure need Jesus!
      Like seriously?!?

    • nnenne

      July 3, 2015 at 3:12 pm

      @LadyIris… What do you mean by ” share the pain of Boko Haram? ”
      Was the Ignos not the first group to be attacked by BH?
      Have you forgotten the Catholic Church bombings. market bombings in Jos?, Igbo men slaughtered while having community meetings?
      You forgot that BH turned to the Northerners only after most Southerners left the North?

      Why would you want anyone to share the calamity you, Northerners brought upon yourself?
      Of all people. the same Igbo people you massacre all the time would be the ones?
      After the civil war, marginalization and periodic killings by Islamic extremists. Yes, BH group is not the first!
      Be careful what you write because you may be pushing people to the edge.

      BH is man made . Please deal with it as the Igbos
      are dealing with kidnapping!!!!!

    • Egbami

      July 3, 2015 at 3:53 pm

      I don’t think you are alright. Your people are killing your folks and you want it to spread everywhere. If boko haram should bring their rubbish to the south. Each region will secede and we will see how you will survive without the south. Your people have never been peaceful in this country. If you try rubbish see how fast your allocation will reduce. Buhari should take the prisoners back to the North. Boko Haram belongs to them. We have many Muslim southerners but they are not psychopathic baboons like yours. Oloriburuku.

  10. Tkum

    July 3, 2015 at 12:39 pm

    all i know is that the ekwulobia prisons is not a maximum prison! this is all shades of wrong!

  11. Cassy

    July 3, 2015 at 12:40 pm

    Most American religious conversions are done behind prison wall. Boko Haram prisoners will convert and radicalize other inmates. And before you know it the east will have home grown muslem radicals.

    • NG

      July 3, 2015 at 2:02 pm

      It would rather be the other way round. If indeed the plan was/is true, i can guess it is because of the understanding that islamic radicalisation cannot fedter in the east, hence the confidence to send the terrorists there.

      Why did the insurgents find the north easy target to fester? Because of years of failure to arrest and prosecute relious bigots and murderers who were targeting non-muslims. The citizens there, including children grew up under a culture accepting killigs/rapings and horrendous crimes in the name of religion. who can forget the young Toyin Olusesi who was murdered-butchered and set ablaze by secondary school children. Those kids have grown to become ready recruits for BH because rather than being punished for their heinous crime, the state, Bauchi i think- shielded them till date.

      the S/E does not have such breeding ground for religious estremism. So if BH boys are in Anambra, they may end up being converted to christianity or at least, weaned of their failure-driven orientation when they see a progressive environment.

      On a serious note though, hope the north is permitting the Orientation Agencies to do their work in re-orientating these apologies of human beings

  12. Mannastores

    July 3, 2015 at 2:00 pm

    I’m still trying to decipher this move by our government. I understand that the transfer of prisoners have no restrictions globally, however, i think its important our government gives the citizenry substantial reasons for the move especially now that its creating tension among the residents of the state and also give them a word of assurance about their safety. By the way, Are there no alternatives? a move that’ll be accepted by all? Somewhere far away from residential areas?

  13. Mysteeq

    July 3, 2015 at 2:22 pm

    Wow @lady iris I mean just wow! Did you for real just type that? D north has been suffering from by so now since in your words “una dey rule” it should be spread to all areas in Nigeria? I’m stunned. I will put this down to plain ignorance, and surely you can’t be more than 3 yrs old cos even my lil niece won’t say something that stupid and in humane. Before you go on spewing baseless venom ask yourself? Who makes up boko haram? Cos last I checked dey were a self proclaimed Islamic sect with their own agenda. Tell me how was that caused by southerners and why should we pay? For your information, a lot of southerners have lost their lives due to boko haram so spare me the “only northerners are feeling the brunt speech”. Bottom line pls give yourself brain.

  14. God's Gold

    July 3, 2015 at 2:23 pm

    Your comment does not make sense. It is a very irrelevant consideration.

  15. ChicadimplesNG

    July 3, 2015 at 2:46 pm

    LadyIsri u sure need Jesus!
    Like seriously?!?

  16. nnenne

    July 3, 2015 at 3:16 pm

    Hope the Igbos will come to together and deal with this, if it is true. This Is Wrong!

  17. Splendid

    July 3, 2015 at 4:06 pm

    LadyIris or whatever you call yourself. So now Nigeria is no longer one Nigeria and Buhari is no longer Nigerian president but Northern president. Your thinking is very shallow. You said you want BH to spread every part of Nigeria, it will not work for you people if that is the plan because it was the Northern that invented the BH and it will remain with them.Rubbish

  18. nene

    July 3, 2015 at 5:14 pm

    anambra don’t allow it. nzogbu nzogbu….

  19. Chinedu E

    July 3, 2015 at 6:48 pm

    This is not a good sign. This is a wrong move, Is this our welcome package? i sincerely pray nothing happens ,otherwise we shall read other meanings to this move. This LadyIris, are you ok or are you comedian?

  20. Raph

    July 3, 2015 at 9:42 pm

    Wot i xpect evry 9ja to do is to pray 4 d betterment of d nation instead of dis evil thought against each other, as d north surfer boombing & killing of innocents, so pipo of south surffer kidnap & other crime act, @ first northern pipo supported dis set 4 deir terror against churches now dat is 4 both religion why crying, north shuld no hw to stop wot dey started many yrs ago, if it was pleasure wud dey av remeber s/east. Pipo ar in charge of dis terrorism untill dey withdraw deir hand 4rm it, it won’t stop, Shakarau is human d set do feed why ar we blackmailing ourselves.

  21. Angiee

    July 4, 2015 at 10:22 am

    @Ladyiris or whatever you call yourself. How market? Guess you are on a hot seat right now. There some comments I see on this platform and I wonder if the person is not actually typing from a psychiatric hospital (but am so sure use of cell phones are not allowed there). So, Ladyiris, you go take ur drugs & have a nap then come back on line for a reasonable comment. Anambra say NO to BH detainees.

  22. Chris

    July 10, 2015 at 11:39 am

    An idiot that calls herself “Chy” dosen’t see anything wrong with transporting terrorists down to Anambra. Haha! You think you are safe right? You never can tell. As for Irislady, i have nothing to say to you because your spelling alone has said it all. Nigeria is coming to an end, my brothers and sisters its time to wake up, lets wake up before its too late. Biafra is all we need because we can’t be brothers with blood thirsty zombies who derive pleasure from blood sucking. Biafra is all we need!

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