Nigeria army reportedly arrested hundreds of suspected Boko Haram insurgents in Abia State at about 3 am on Sunday .
According to the report by The Cable, soldiers of the 144 battalion of the Nigerian Army, Asa, Ukwa West Local Government Area, carried out the arrest along the Enugu-Port Harcourt expressway.
It was gathered that 33 buses conveying 486 people were stopped, while 2 other buses were said to have sped off and managed to drive away.
Those detained are believed to be Boko Haram militants, however, the military are yet to establish a link between them and the sect. The people pleaded not guilty saying they had come from the northern part in search of jobs.
Confirming the information to the 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 south.