Abuja - Troops have intercepted more than 50 youths in Babale in Plateau State as they journeyed from Maiduguri to Abuja in the night.
The motive of the journey was suspicious, according to defense officials.
This was disclosed in an alert message by the Defense Headquarters in Abuja.
“Officers of the Special Task Force are currently trying to unravel the motive for the movement of some youths from Maiduguri heading to Abuja at about 3am when they were accosted in Plateau State on Wednesday. 51 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,”part of the message read.
It added that during interrogation, the youths 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 message added that 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 person’s 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.”
– CAJ News