THE Nigerian military has impounded a convoy of 33 buses allegedly conveying more than 4 000 suspected members of the Boko Haram sect.
The arrests occurred in Asa in Ukwa West Local Government Area of Abia State.
The suspects, including eight females were intercepted around 3am at a point between Aro Ngwa and Imo Gate along the Enugu- Port Harcourt expressway and they claimed to have come from different parts of the Northern states.
Briefing newsmen at the Headquarters of the 144 Battalion of the Army, Asa where the suspects are being detained, the Chief Press Secretary to the State Governor, Charles Ajunwa, added that those arrested were aged mainly between 16 and 24.
The suspects reportedly told the military they were in the state searching of jobs.
Also confirming the arrest, the State Commissioner for Information and Strategy, Dr Eze Chikamnayo, explained that two other buses escaped with their occupants.
He said the sheer size of the movement made it suspicious.
The commissioner added that none of the suspects was able to identify the location they were heading to and wondered how such a long motorcade could not be intercepted by security personnel until they reached Abia.
He said the Army and other security agencies in the state were working to unravel the actual mission of the suspects and those behind the movement.
Chikamnayo thanked the State Governor, Theodore Orji, for creating the enabling environment and investing resources for security personnel to do their job effectively.
He also lauded the Nigerian Army and other security agencies for being alive to their responsibility.
Although Commander of the Military Base, Lt-Col Omolori, declined to comment on the issue, he said the incident had been reported to the Defence Headquarters, Abuja.