Boko Haram: Troops intercept 51youths heading to Abuja from Borno
The Defence Headquarters (DHQ) yesterday said troops intercepted in the night 51 youths moving from Maiduguri, the Borno State capital, to Abuja.
It said the suspects were led by a lady.
A statement by the DHQ, said: “The Officers of the Special Task Force (STF) are trying to unravel the motive for the movement of some youths from Maiduguri, heading to Abuja, at 3am when they were accosted in Plateau State on Wednesday. ”The 51 youths were under the guidance of a lady as they were being conveyed in three 18-seater mass transit buses when they were intercepted in Babale, Plateau State, as they journeyed fromMaiduguri to Abuja.
”During the interrogation that followed, they claimed they were being conveyed to Abuja on the directives of a Borno State Government official to meet their relatives for assistance in an economic empowerment programme.
“ The official is yet to respond to series of efforts to verify the claims.
”The issue is being investigated to ascertain the genuine mission of such a team of young persons moving in the night, more so as they made contradictory statements on the sponsorship of their mission to Abuja.
“The movement is being assessed in the light of the security situation and the suspicious claims of the youths. “
The Borno State Government had not issued a statement on the interception at the time of going to the press last night.