Military arrests 486 suspected Boko Haram members in Abia
According to a report by Guardian, not less than 486
suspected Boko Haram members including eight women
were arrested by the military personnel of the 144
battalion of the Nigerian Army with base at Asa in Ukwa
West council of Abia State. Full report below…
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 spoke in the presence of the Battalion
Commander, Lt. Colonel Rasheed Omolori, whose only
comment was that the report had already been sent to
It was also disclosed that somebody whose name was
not made known, had come to secure the release of the
suspects but was arrested and detained.
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.
And following the bomb found on the premises and inside
the Living Faith Church (a.k.a Winners Chapel), Port
Harcourt Road, Owerri, capital city of Imo State, the Imo
State Governor, Rochas Okorocha, in conjunction with
security chiefs yesterday launched what he called
“Operation Know Your Neighbour.”
The occasion was attended by a cross section of
stakeholders in the state amid heavy security.
The meeting resolved as follows:
“. Hotels in the state should install security cameras and
on daily basis always forward the list of their guests to
the Director of SSS.
“. Trailers bringing food items from the North would no
longer be allowed to come into the state at night but only
in the day, and the food items would be off-loaded at a
designated place off the state capital.
“. Residents in the state must also be careful with
broken bottles, cans, leather bags, parked tankers and
vehicles around their homes, public places and public
“. Traditional rulers in the state were directed to
summon emergency meetings of their various
communities to take stock of strange faces living with
“. Uncompleted buildings in the cities in the state and
environs without security guards will be taken over by the
government because criminals use them as hideouts.
“. Lands left fallow for several years and not used for any
economic or gainful purpose but taken over by criminals
will be seized by the government
“. Smoking of Indian hemp was also banned.
“. A meeting of all non-indigenes in the state has also
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