This is indeed breaking news! According to The Cable, soldiers of the 144 battalion of the Nigerian Army, Asa, Ukwa West Local Government Area, arrest along the Enugu-Port Harcourt expressway over 486 Boko Haram Suspects are Reportedly Arrested In Abia State.
According to the report, 33 buses conveying 486 people were stopped by the Nigerian Army, while some more buses sped off and managed to drive away. Those detained are believed to be Boko Haram militants (Islamic Group), however military are yet to establish a link between them and the sect. The people pleaded not guilty saying they had come from the country north in search for jobs. (How can 486 come all at once looking for Job? Not spreading to other states?)
While speaking with journalists, the battalion commander Lt. Colonel Rasheed Omolori said 2 buses escaped adding that the incident was reported to defence headquarters located in Abuja. No other details were provided by the military official.
The commissioner for information and strategy, Dr. Eze Chikamnayo, who also attended the briefing, wondered why such a “long convoy” had not been stopped before reaching Abia and considered the sheer size of the movement suspicious.
Military and state officials claimed that the investigation into the arrest had started.
It would be recalled that the yesterday’s rumour said that the insurgents had planted explosives in trailers in Aba city of the state, which IEDs were discovered by local vigilantes. This caused panic among the residents that Boko Haram violence might have spread to the country south.
If this people are convinced to be Boko Haram, then their end is indeed near.