The Human Rights Writers Association of Nigeria has condemned the federal government over the alleged secret release of 100 Boko Haram terrorists from the Kirikiri Medium Security Prison, in Lagos.
Emmanuel Onwubiko, the National Coordinator of HURIWA In a statement on Monday said the alleged overnight release of the inmates showed the complicity of the President, Major Gen. Muhammadu Buhari (retd.), as well as his nepotistic regime, noting a few instances where some individuals had fingered the government’s involvement with the terrorist group.
He said, “Nigerians are shocked at the latest antics of the regime of the President in the reported release of over 100 Boko Haram terrorists from the Kirikiri prison. It shows the total absence of transparency and accountability in the fight on terror. The secrecy behind the intermittent release of terrorists under different guises by the current government is abysmal and anti-people and illegal.
“The recent release of Boko Haram convicted terrorists at Lagos prison validates claims by a former Navy Commodore, Kunle Olawunmi, who said on live television in August 2021, that Boko Haram has moneybags in Aso Rock and the National Assembly.
According to reports, the group said the terrorists were released in a swap-deal arrangement for the train travelers, who had been abducted on March 28, 2022. They noted also that the Nigerian Correctional Services had kept mum over the issue since the reports had been confirmed by the Foundation for Investigative Journalism.