20 suspected Boko Haram members arrested in Enugu


No fewer than 20 suspected members of Boko Haram were arrested in Enugu on Wednesday after a commercial luxury bus conveying them was intercepted by security operatives.

The bus was reportedly stopped at Obollo Afor in Udenu Local Government Area of Enugu State.
It was gathered that the bus, with number plate AKD816XG, was conveying the alleged insurgents from Aba in Abia State to the Northern part of the country.

Our correspondent learnt that the bus was intercepted by a team of the National Task Force on Small Arms, Ammunition and Light Weapons.

It was equally gathered that the commercial bus, which belonged to a popular private commercial company, was impounded by security operatives, pending further investigation.

Also, our correspondent learnt that arms, as well as bags containing army uniforms and other items, were recovered from the suspects.

But Enugu State police commissioner, Mohammed Abubakar, refused to comment on the development while parading four criminals who were arrested for car snatching, at the state police headquarters on Wednesay.

Abubakar said he was yet to be briefed on the incident.
But the police chief disclosed that he had ordered the task force team to transfer the suspects from Obolo Affor to the police headquarters in Enugu.


The suspects are already being detained at the state police headquarters as at the time of filing this report.

However, the police Public Relations Officer, DSP Ebere Maraizu, who confirmed the detention of the suspects, noted that they are not likely to be Boko Haram members.

The police spokesman said the suspects were traders, although he noted that military camouflage uniforms were discovered among them.