Soldiers on Saturday arrested 25 young men on the Enugu-Onitsha Expressway for violating the no-movement order following the Anambra Governorship Election currently ongoing.
The soldiers stationed at the Abba Junction in Njikoka Local Government Area arrested and detained the men, who are of voting age, around 7.30 a.m.
Lt. A.O. Quadri, who led the team at the checkpoint, told NAN that the men were arrested for violating the movement restriction order.
“You can see that they are all of voting age and claimed they are coming from Enugu with different stories.
“Some of them claimed they are coming from church while the other boys said they are going to onitsha to vote.
“We kept them here because they have not really committed a crime but their two story versions are not only suspicious but do not justify their moviing from Enugu to Onitsha on election day,” Quadri said.
He said their directive was to detain anyone in violation of the order and release them after the election.
Attempts to speak with the detainees who sat on the ground under the watch of the soldiers was not allowed.
The major political parties have been accusing one another of plots to import mercenaries to vote with purchased voters’ cards.
The no-movement order imposed on the state started at midnight and will end at 10 p.m. on Saturday.