Sunday, September 25, 2011

Man arrested at Nigerian barracks with 'harmful' materials

24 September 2011

PORT HARCOURT, NigeriaNigeria's army arrested a man on Friday after he sought to drive into a barracks in the country's main oil region with what an official described as potentially harmful materials.

The arrest came amid fears of fresh attacks by Islamist sect Boko Haram, which claimed responsibility for last month's bomb blast at UN headquarters in the capital Abuja.

However, the group has not struck in the country's south, where Friday's arrest at a barracks in the oil hub of Port Harcourt occurred.

"He was arrested with items that can be used to do something harmful," Major Aminu Iliyasu said. "The man is in our custody and we are still investigating."

Pressed for further details, he said, "disclosure of the identity of the suspect, items found and where he comes from will surely jeopardise investigations for now."

The middle-aged man was alone and had been seeking to drive into what is known as Bori Camp in Port Harcourt when soldiers arrested him, said Iliyasu.

The sprawling camp is frequented by civilians as well, with a market inside, similar to other barracks throughout Nigeria.

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