Soldiers yesterday freed the Chief Imam of Aba Central Mosque, Malam Bashir Idris, his deputy and nine other northerners who were arrested in Abia state on Monday over alleged suspected bombs.
However, according to a report on Hausa service of the BBC yesterday, two persons were still being detained by the military authorities, who have neither confirmed nor denied the arrests.
It could be recalled that the military, on Monday raided the Central Mosque, in Umahia, the Abia state capital, and arrested the chief imam of the mosque, his deputy and a youth corps member, as well as four other Muslims of northern extraction.
The report said another group of 50 soldiers raided several shops owned by northerners in a cattle market located in Lokpanata town of the same state.
The Imam of the raided mosque, Malam Idris Bashir, according to leader of the northern Muslim residents of Aba, Alhaji Halidu Imam, was nabbed along with his deputy, Malam Bello Maijama’a, as well as the corps member who was not named, during the raid in the early hours of Monday.