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The Nigerian Army authorities at the 144 Battalion, Asa in Ukwa West local government of Abia state on Sunday arrested 486 persons suspected to be insurgents from some northern states.
The state Commissioner for Information and Strategy, Chief Eze Chikamnayo, while briefing newsmen at the military base in Asa on the arrest, the suspects were moving in a motorcade of 35 Toyota Hummer buses when they were intercepted at about 2.00am on Sunday, adding that two buses escaped arrest.
The Commander in-charge of the battalion, Lt.-Col. Rasheed Omolori, also at the press briefing, confirmed the arrest.
Both the suspects and the impounded vehicles were being detained at the Army base in Asa. The registration numbers of the vehicles included: Jigawa RNG 98XA; Osun RLG 176XA; Kano AF 411 DAL; Lagos BDG 487 XK; Abuja EP 86 ABC and Bauchi ZAK 48 XA, among others.
The information commissioner said, the convoy of the suspected insurgents was truncated by the Army between Arungwa Junction and Imo Gate (Abia/Rivers boundary), along the Port Harcourt – Enugu Expressway.
He explained that preliminary investigations by the army showed that the suspects, aged from 16 years and above, came from Kano, Taraba and Jigawa.