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Igbo Socio-Cultural Group Protests Release of Suspected Boko Haram Members


From Ignatius Okpara, Umuahia,

A socio-cultural organization – Igbo World Union, has condemned the release of over 100 detained suspected Boko Haram members recently arrested in Abia en route Port Harcourt, Rivers state.

President General of the group, Chief Mishak Nnanta, who spoke with newsmen in Umuahia on Sunday said “Nigeria is playing with fire, if indeed anybody among these suspects who pose grave danger to our lives and national unity, has been freed in such a hasty manner”.

The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN), had reported that 133 indigenes of Jigawa State among the suspects were last Friday handed over to the state government amidst grand reception.

Nnanta said: I “am not opposed to the freedom of any innocent suspect” but caution should be exercised when dealing with terror suspects.

He lamented that it beat the imagination why about “486 self-acclaimed job seekers, led by confirmed Boko Haram kingpins on the wanted list of security agencies, should be travelling on a convoy under the cover of darkness.”

The group leader however warned that if proper measure was not taken in handling such a sensitive issue, it may do more harm than good to the nation.


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