- 39 ‘strange men’ parading in Nguroje, Sardauna local government area of Taraba state have been apprehended by the state’s police command
- According to the police spokesman, the men claimed to be refugees from Cameroon Republic, but they did not report their arrival to the appropriate authorities as required
- The acting chairman of the local government said the men’s action raised doubts about their movement, as it was not only illegal but suspicious
- The men are currently undergoing security interrogation with a view to ascertaining their mission in the area
The police command in Taraba has arrested 39 `strange men’ parading in Nguroje, Sardauna local government area of the state, NAN reports.
The spokesperson of the command, ASP David Missal, disclosed this on Wednesday, January 3 while briefing newsmen in Jalingo.
NAIJ.com gathers that Missal said the arrest of the suspicious men, whose ages ranged between 30 and 40 years, followed an alarm raised by residents of Nguroje.
He said the men who were allegedly harboured by a woman in the community were first taken to Gembu Divisional Police Headquarters, where they were interrogated and later transferred to the Command Headquarters in Jalingo for further investigation.
The police spokesperson said the men claimed to be refugees from Cameroon Republic, but that their movement was suspicious because they did not report their arrival in the area to any security agency or any other appropriate authority.
He said that earlier batches of refugees who fled the crisis ridden North-west Cameroon comprising women, children and the aged reported to appropriate quarters and were camped and catered for.
"This set of able bodied men only sneaked into Nguroje, passing through other towns and Gembu, the council’s headquarters, without information," he said.
Missal, however, said that no incriminating item was found on them, adding that the people were currently undergoing security interrogation with a view to ascertaining their mission in the area.
Meanwhile, the acting chairman of Sardauna Local Government, Rev Godwin Sol, said the suspects, who claimed to be from Bamenda in Cameroon, did not notify the council of their coming.
Sol wondered why they opted to proceed to Nguroje instead of stopping in Gembu where there was an existing camp put in place for refugees.
The chairman said such action raised doubts about their movement, saying that it was not only illegal but suspicious.
He warned that the council would not fold its arms and allow people of questionable character to be a source of trouble on the Mambilla Plateau, any more.
Meanwhile, NAIJ.com previously reported that the police in Taraba on Wednesday, January 3, called for calm following the abduction of Hosea Ibi, a member of the Taraba House of Assembly by gunmen four days ago.
Spokesman of the police command in the state, David Misal (ASP), stated that the police were doing their best possible to ensure the lawmaker was released unhurt.
Misal said that the police had intensified search for the lawmaker and his captors, adding that significant progress had been made in the operation.
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