The youth were being conveyed from Wukari to Jalingo.
The Commissioner of Police in Taraba said on Tuesday that the command arrested 138 youth who were being conveyed from Wukari to Jalingo on a suspicious mission.
He told the News Agency of Nigeria that the youth, whose ages ranged from 20 to 30, were intercepted in Mutum-Biyu on Monday as they were being convened to Jalingo in seven buses.
“Although no incriminating items were found on them, we suspect that they were being drafted to the headquarters for some mischievous purpose,” Mr. Adeniji said.
The commissioner explained that when interrogated by the police, the suspects said they were invited for screening in Jalingo by one emergency rescue organisation. He said the organisation was operating illegally, adding that four of its leaders had been arrested and were assisting the command in its investigation.
According to the police boss, the investigation was also to ascertain the motive behind the existence of the outfit and why it was mobilising the youth into the capital.
Mr. Adeniji said that the suspects and their alleged four masterminds were from Ussa, Wukari, Takum, Donga and Ibi local government areas of the state.
The commissioner warned that the police would not treat any person found to be causing public disturbance with levity, no matter how highly placed.
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