Boko Haram Members Arrested In Abia Escape To Rivers State
June 17, 2014 – Boko Haram Members Arrested In Abia Escape To Rivers State
Following the arrest of 486 suspected Boko Haram members in Asa in Ukwa West Local Government Area of Abia State, southeast Nigeria, there are indications that two bus loads of the suspects managed to escape to Rivers State.
The Chief Press Secretary to the Abia State Governor, Charles Ajunwa stated in a telephone chat with P.M.NEWS this morning.
He, however declined to give further details in the wake of last Sunday’s interception of a convoy of 33 buses conveying 486 suspected insurgents including eight females between Aro Ngwa and Imo Gate along the Enugu-Port Harcourt expressway.
The Commissioner for Information and Strategy, Abia State, Dr. Eze Chikamnayo, also explained that two buses escaped with their occupants. The buses appear to be at large as none of them has been tracked down at the time of filing in this report.
The 144 Battalion of the Nigerian Army intercepted the suspects at about 3a.m. on Sunday. They claimed to have come from different parts of the Northern states and aged mainly between 16 and 24 and were said to be searching for jobs.
Lieutenant Colonel Rasheed Omolori confirmed the arrest, while briefing newsmen alongside Chikamnayo and Ajunwa at the Headquarters of the 144 Battalion of the Army, Asa where the suspects are being detained.
Although Lieutenant Colonel Omolori declined comment, he said the incident has been reported to the Defence Headquarters, Abuja.
The Information Commissioner said the sheer size of the movement made it suspicious, adding that none of the suspects was able to identify the location they were heading to and wondered how such a long motorcade could not be intercepted by security personnel until they reached Abia.
Dr. Chikamnayo said that at the moment, the Army and other security agencies in the state were working to unravel the actual mission of the suspects and those behind the movement.
He thanked the state Governor, Chief Theodore Orji for creating the enabling environment and investing resources for security personnel to do their job effectively as well as lauded the men of the Nigerian Army and other security agencies for being alive to their responsibility.
He said if other security personnel in other parts of the country will do as much as their counterparts in Abia, insurgency in the country will be a thing of the past.
“I expect every state to work hand-in-hand with their security personnel to check insurgency. Every security problem is local and if we handle it locally it will be nipped in the bud,” he said.
He cited the case of Abia State during the days of kidnapping and how it was taken as an Abia problem and condemned the idea of demonstrating in Abuja over matters that should be handled locally.
[Reported By PM News Lagos]