Governor David Umahi of Ebonyi State at the weekend dismissed the rumour making the rounds in the state that Boko Haram inmates have been transferred from the Ekwulobia prisons in Anambra State, to the federal prisons in the state.
Addressing journalists in the state on “some burning issues”, the governor said the federal prisons in the state were very congested and lack the capacity to accommodate Boko Haram inmates.
“Ebonyi prisons are very congested to harbour Boko Haram inmates and our state is very small”, Umahi said. “There is no how something like transfer of the inmates to the state will happen that we will not know”.
“So I want people to disregard the rumour and go about their lawful businesses; no any Boko Haram inmate has been relocated to the prisons in the state. It is completely [a] lie”, the governor added.
He also warned residents of the state against peddling sensitive rumours, which he said was capable of causing panic in the state.
Gov. Umahi further used the occasion to warn his commissioners against “sharp practices” in the collection of taxes, rates and charges, saying that anyone caught would be imprisoned according to the provisions of the laws guiding revenue collection in the state.