The Abia State Govern
ment has stated its position on the arrest of 486 suspected Boko Haram insurgents in its territory, saying it has no hand in the arrest, which was purely a security issue, professionally handled by the appropriate authorities.
The government’s clarification was contained in a statement issued at the weekend by the Chief Press Secretary to Governor Theodore Orji, Mr. Charles Ajunwa, following insinuations and allegations from politicians and groups in northern part of the country accusing the state government of instigating the arrest of the suspects.
Some members of the Jigawa State House of Assembly had reportedly threatened to drag the Abia State Government to court if Jigawa indigenes among the arrested suspects were not released without further delay.
According to the statement, “the position of Abia State government is that the security agencies should be allowed to thoroughly investigate this matter. Those meddling into this matter through their reckless and unguarded utterances aimed at weeping up sentiments for the detained suspects are the real problems of this country,” the statement said.
He said the utterances of such individuals and groups had portrayed them as unpatriotic Nigerians having left the substance to chase shadow in the face of the daunting security challenges facing the nation.
“These unpatriotic elements for no just cause have deliberately employed all kinds of guerrilla tactics to tarnish the good image of the 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,” he said.
Ajunwa stated that Abia State government had “at no time ordered the arrest of the 486 Boko Haram suspects travelling in a convoy of 35 buses in the cover of darkness as their surreptitious mission had aroused the suspicion of team of vigilant soldiers on routine patrol hence the arrest.
He advised the Jigawa lawmakers, the Arewa Consultative Forum (ACF) and other individuals and groups of northern extraction trivialising the arrest of the 486 Boko Haram suspects in Abia, to channel their energies to things that will promote the unity of Nigeria not on things that will destroy the corporate existence of the country.
The Abia State Govern