Police intercepts truckloads of Boko Haram k1ds

The Plateau State Police Command said it had intercepted two trucks conveying 145 children suspected to be affiliated to Boko Haram.

The police said the children were allegedly ferried from Bauchi and Jigawa States to nobody knows where.

The Police Public Relations Officer in the state, Terna Tyopev, revealed this in a statement.

Tyopev said the children are all aged between four and eight years are all males.

“They were to be shared to Plateau, Kaduna and Nasarawa States.

“Our investigation reveals that these children were to be taken to places that even coordinators of the movement did not know.”

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Tyopev added that the police were liaising with the Plateau chapter of Jama’atu Nasril Islam and other critical stakeholders.

He said the command is trying to establish contact with Bauchi and Jigawa states for the return of the children to their parents.

He promised that the police would unravel those behind the act and arrest and charge them to court to serve as a deterrent to others.

“This trend, if not checked, will cause embarrassment to Plateau State, North-central states and the nation at large,” he added.

He urged the public to be more vigilant and report the presence of strange children in their environment.

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It also urged members of the public to continue to cooperate with the force to rid the society of such negative acts.

As at the time of filing this report, we were unable to reach out to Jama’atu Nasril Islam to establish why the police contacted them.

Recall that yesterday, two children were converted to suicide bombers that hit the University of Maiduguri.

One of the children was [neutralized] before he detonated his device.

The other child went on to detonate his explosive device that claimed the life of a professor in Unimed