Soldiers attached to the 144 battallion of the Nigerian Army in Abia state intercepted and arrested hundreds of persons suspected to be Boko Haram members .
The suspects, including eight women, were said to have been arrested along the Enugu-Port Harcourt Expressway on their way to Port Harcourt the capital city of Rivers State on Sunday.
This comes after security operatives detonated improvised explosive devices planted on the premises of a branch of the Living Faith World Bible Church (a.k.a. Winners Chapel) in Owerri, Imo State.
the Commander of the 144 Battalion, Lt. Col. Rasheed Omolori, who announced the arrest, said that the suspects were in a convoy of 33 buses conveying 486 suspected insurgents aged between 16 and 24 around 3am on Sunday.
The suspects, according to him, claimed to have come from different parts of the North in search of jobs.
He added that two of the 33 buses escaped with their occupants and that the incident had been reported to the Defence Headquarters in Abuja.