The Police Command in Taraba has arrested 39 `strange men’ parading in Nguroje, Sardauna Local Government Area of the state.
The spokesperson of the command, David Missal, disclosed this on Wednesday while briefing newsmen in Jalingo.
Mthe police PRO said the arrest of the suspicious men, whose ages range 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.
He said earlier batches of refugees who fled the crisis-ridden North-West Cameroun 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 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, Godwin Sol, said the suspects, who claimed to be from Bamenda in Cameroun, did not notify the council of their coming.
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.
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