Military Intercepts 51 Youths on Night Travel from Borno to Abuja
The Nigeria Defence Headquarters announced on that its troops intercepted 51 young men travelling from Maiduguri in Borno State to Abuja.
This was disclosed via an unsigned statement on its website.
The statement said the youths travelling in three 18-seater buses were intercepted around 3 a.m. along Babale, Plateau State on Wednesday
The DHQ said that the officers of the Special Task Force were investigating the motive for the movement of the youths, adding that the youths claimed to be travelling under the directive of a government official in Borno.
No government official has yet confirmed the claim, the military said.
The military added, “Numbering about 51, the youths were under the guidance of a lady as they were being conveyed in three 18-seater mass transit buses when they were intercepted along Babale in Plateau State as they journeyed from Maiduguri to Abuja in the night.
“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 have made contradictory statements as to 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.”
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