Seize arms and ammunition from the two northerners

Two suspected members of the radical Islamist sect, Boko Haram, were on Thursday arrested at Ochoudo Motor Park in Abakaliki, Ebonyi State by officers of the state police command.

The command spokesperson, John Eluu, confirmed the arrest and said investigation was ongoing.

“We can confirm that two suspects have been arrested for being members of the Boko Harm sect,” he said.

The suspects were apprehended at a park on Wednesday while trying to board a vehicle to Ikwo Local Government Area of the state and were taken to the Central Police Station, Abakaliki for interrogation.  

According to the police, the suspects alleged they were indigenes of Sokoto State but the identity card found on one of them revealed he was from Zamfara State.

Items recovered from them include two dane guns, machetes, an axe, gunpowder, and identity cards.

Farouk Garba, a northerner who resides in Abakaliki, said the activities of Boko Haram in the northern part of the country have made people to be suspicious of northerners.

“Most residents of the town see northerners who dress in our traditional regalia as members of the sect and raise false alarm most times,” he said.

“I want the suspects to be thoroughly investigated to uncover their real identity.”

He also appealed to the people of the state, especially Christians, “to note that not all Hausas and Muslims are members of the sect.”

Garba urged the Federal Government to immediately combat the terrorist activities of the sect and pleaded with the security agencies to be more proactive in protecting the lives and property of citizens.

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