Rivers Police Intercepts 17 Buses Carrying 320 Suspected Boko Haram Members

Mr Mbu Joseph MbuThe Rivers State Police Command on Sunday announced that its men had arrested 320 persons suspected to be members of the Islamist sect, Boko Haram.

The suspects were said to have been in a convoy of 17 buses when they were intercepted at about 5am on Sunday between the border of Imo and Rivers states. The arrested suspects include young women.

The convoy which reportedly originated from Jigawa State in buses belonging to a transport firm owned by a former Inspector General of Police, were said to have been led by a man identified as Bala Dambam.

Rivers State Commissioner of Police, Mr. Joseph Mbu, who confirmed the arrest of the suspects, said he would not make further comments on the matter until the end of police investigations.


Mbu said, “It is a top security issue. I don’t know how you got the information and I won’t ask you. But there cannot be any comment now from the Rivers State Police Command until we finish the investigation.

“The issue of Boko Haram is a very sensitive matter. It borders on national security. Investigation is on-going and the Rivers State Police Command will not give out any information until investigation is concluded.

“Boko Haram is a highly sensitive issue of state policy. Investigations into matters that have to do with Boko Haram are conducted with utmost sensitivity.

“At this moment, the Rivers State Police Command has no information for the media or for anyone who is not involved in the investigation. And I will not offer you any comments whatsoever”.

Journalists were however, not allowed to see the arrested suspects.


  1. Where is the photograph of the 17 buses and the said Boko Haram members ? This era does not belong to the aged leaders , who had analogue education. This is a ”computer age”. Leadership of lies is what we must stop.

  2. With Amaechi and APC, what would one expect. But one thing is clear, the whole south south and the God of the region will rise against them and they will never succeed.

  3. From the modus operandi of the Boko Haram, i think the police is trying to score cheap points here because Boko Haram cannot load its members in 17 buses and send them to be caught. Pls investigate thoroughly and let the innocents walk free

  4. … the police did not say Boko haram members, they said they were ‘suspected boko haram members’ . until the investigation is done.


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