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Six-year-old video in fresh claim about arrest of 400 Boko Haram suspects headed for Abia

“Boko Haram In South East Nigeria,” reads the header of a video posted on Facebook on 9 February 2020. “Over 400 men and 8 women in a convoy have been arrested by Police on their way to Abia state.”

The video is a news report from Nigeria’s Channels Television.

The post has been shared more than 150 times and discussed in some 30 comments, with users suggesting the arrest was recent.

Have more than 400 suspected members of Boko Haram been arrested while they were on their way to Abia state, in 2020?

 Arrest in 2014

A Google search reveals that the incident was reported by a number of newspapers in June 2014. 

The suspects were reportedly arrested on the day the police announced they had uncovered a plot to bomb a church in neighbouring Imo state. 

A statement issued by the Abia state government on the incident ended with a request for all Nigerians to support “the President Goodluck Jonathan-led government in the fight against terrorism and insurgency.” Jonathan’s term ended in 2015. – Allwell Okpi


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