Crime and Security

Soldiers intercept 5 trucks load of Nasarawa youths moving to Imo state

Soldiers intercept 5 trucks load of Nasarawa youths moving to Imo state


The suggestion that hoodlums carrying out deaths and destructions in Imo State may not be indigenes of the state as soldiers have intercepted five trucks loaded with youths from Nasarawa State moving to Imo State.

The Nasarawa State youths, 73 in number were intercepted by military operatives from 72 Special Forces Brigade, Nigeria Army, Makurdi, on Monday night, June 14, at Agan Toll Gate, Makurdi, the Benue State capital.

The soldiers disclosed that the suspects had 47 Bajaj motorcycles on board the five trucks. Minerals like zinc and lead were also found in the trucks and the men claimed to be conveying them from Plateau State to a Port Harcourt, Rivers State-based company.

The suspects claimed various home addresses in Nasarawa State.

Deputy Governor of Benue State,  Benson Abounu who met with the soldiers Wednesday morning, June 16, applauded the Special Forces for their diligence and professional conduct.

He said despite attempts to evade arrest, the soldiers impounded the trucks and arrested the men.

The deputy governor said he was surprised that such a large number of young men from the same state could be found together going to a place like Imo State, which they know to be experiencing serious security challenges at the moment.

Abounu challenged the security operatives to carry out detailed profiling of the passengers for further action as the answers coming from them do not add up.

The Commander of 72  Special Forces Brigade, Lt. Col. AD Alhassan who spoke on the development, said he and his men acted based on security report as they moved to intercept the trucks immediately they got the hint that they were heading towards Makurdi.

He said they spent a few hours waiting for them before they finally arrived at night.

He said a thorough search has been conducted on them with all goods on the trucks offloaded and their motorcycles dismantled for proper search, but said no arms were found.

When questioned, one of the young men, who claimed his name is Emmanuel Ayugwa said they were going to Imo State to do Okada business. He said though they were aware of the serious security challenges there, they decided to go because their brothers there told them that everything had calmed down.

Ayugwa, who said they only chose to travel with their bikes using the truck to lessen their expenses, could not explain how all of them from different places in Nasarawa State were able to find themselves in the trucks, which started their journeys from Plateau State.

A call was put through to the manager of the company that owns the minerals who claimed that show that the trucks were loaded with lead, zinc and barytes from Plateau State and headed for a company in Port-Harcourt.

The manager revealed that he was not aware of the arrangements by the driver to carry any other person apart from the motor boy and a company escort, and that, they were strictly warned not to carry anyone else in the trucks

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