Abia govt slams Jigawa lawmakers over 486 arrested terror suspects

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BY ANAYO OKOLI

UMUAHIA—ABIA State government has attacked Jigawa State lawmakers who threatened to sue the state over the arrest of 486 Boko Haram suspects by soldiers of 144 Battallion, Asa, Abia State.

The government dismissed the threat by the lawmakers as “laughable and diversionary”, saying by their action, they presented themselves as law breakers, rather than lawmakers.
The government warned the lawmakers to steer clear of the case and allow security agencies to do their job of carrying out thorough investigation on the matter.

Abia government in a statement by the Chief Press Secretary to the Governor, Charles Ajunwa, explained that it did not arrest the suspects but that security agents did.

The statement read: ”The attention of Abia State government has been drawn to the statements credited to some lawmakers in Jigawa State House of Assembly, where the latter had vowed to drag Abia State government to court over the arrest of its citizens among the 486 Boko Haram suspects arrested by the army while travelling in a convoy of 35 buses in the wee hours of last Sunday morning.

”The state government also has noted with dismay the reckless and unguarded utterances coming from some northern individuals and groups pretending to be the voices of the people of the North. These unpatriotic elements for no just cause have deliberately employed all kinds of guerrilla tactics to tarnish the good image of Abia State government simply because it exposed and alerted the nation, including the international community, on the arrest of 486 suspected Boko Haram members by a team of vigilant and gallant soldiers on routine patrol at Aro Ngwa and Imo Gate, along Enugu/Port Harcourt Expressway.

“As a responsible government, we want to state categorically that Abia State government had at no time ordered the arrest of the 486 Boko Haram suspects travelling in a convoy of 35 buses.  “Instead, the suspected Boko Haram members were arrested by a team of vigilant soldiers on daily routine patrol at Aro Ngwa and Imo Gate, along the Enugu/Port Harcourt Expressway, on the suspicion that occupants of the 35 buses were travelling at odd hours.”

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