Photo: 486 Boko Haram Suspects Arrested In 35hummer Buses
The first alleged move by the dreaded Boko Haram sect to penetrate Southern part of Nigeria was frustrated on Sunday as soldiers from the Asa Military Base of 14 Brigade, Ohafia Barracks, Abia State, arrested 486 suspected insurgents including eight girls.
The arrest was made same day bombs were uncovered and defused in a Winners Chapel church in Imo State. But the suspects claimed they were going to Port Harcourt, the Rivers State capital in search of work.
They were arrested at about 2 am when their vehicles were intercepted by soldiers between Arungwa Junction on the Enugu-Port Harcourt Expressway and Imo Gate, the Abia State and Rivers
State boundary. They were said to be moving in a convoy of 35 Hummer buses when they were intercepted.
However, two of the buses were said to have escaped arrest... It seems these people may not even be connected in any way with the wicked Boko Haram sect. Meanwhile, the Imo State Government has announced far reaching security measures,following the botched bomb attack targeted at the Living Faith Church, Winners Chapel, Owerri.
Announcing the eight-point measures in Owerri, after several hours of special security meeting with security chiefs and a cross section of Imo people,
Governor Rochas Okorocha, said the government would summarily take over uncompleted buildings found to be hideouts for criminals.
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", Okorocha said. The governor, who branded the security measure as "operation know your neighbour", also ordered hotels in the state, to install security cameras and should on a daily basis,forward a list of all their guests to the Director of State Security Service.
"Trailers bringing food items from the North would no longer be allowed to come into the state at night
but only during the day and the food items would be off-loaded at a designated place, off the state capital," he said.
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