NOT less than 486 suspected insurgents including eight females were said to have been arrested by the military personnel of the 144 battalion of the Nigerian Army with base at Asa in Ukwa West council of Abia State.
Abia State Information Commissioner, Chief Eze Chikamnayo, who took some reporters to the military camp yesterday to see the suspects said they were arrested around 3:00 a.m. on Sunday along Enugu-Aba-Port Harcourt Expressway at Arongwa area called Imo Gate, which is a boundary between Abia and Rivers states.
He said that the suspects whose ages were from 15 years were traveling on 35 buses from undisclosed northern states to the South South. He said that they claimed to be going to search for jobs, adding that two of the buses later escaped.
The commissioner urged members of the public to be more security conscious and report strange persons and suspects to the security agencies.
Reacting to the incident, the state Police Public Relations Officer ( PPRO), Mr. Geoffery Ogbonna, said that the matter was a military one and had not been reported to the police command.
He said that when he contacted the Army Public Relations Officer in the state whose name he did not mention, he told him ( PPRO) that he was not yet aware of the matter.