The disappearance of the travelers had caused concern among residents of Kirfi Local Government Area of Bauchi State.
The Nigerian military has spoken out regarding the arrest of nine passengers from Bauchi in Jos.
It would be recalled that nine motorcyclists reportedly went missing in Jos while on their way to Nasarawa state for greener pastures on Saturday. However, the travelers were found in the state on Wednesday.
But the spokesperson for Operation Safe Haven (OPSH), a multi-agency security force that maintains peace in Plateau State, Captain Oya James,
in a statement on Friday opened up about the arrest of the travelers. He confirmed the arrest of the travelers by OPSH troops, saying their mode of transport had attracted the attention of Plateau residents worried about the worsening security crisis in the state. He said: “On February 3, 2024, troops received calls from well-intentioned citizens about a large convoy of people on motorcycles passing through Jos East on the day of the bye elections in Plateau State.
They were subsequently traced and taken into protective custody for analysis given current security challenges.
“Following a thorough analysis, the travelers were found to be innocent and were released to their families less than 48 hours after passing the necessary security checks.
“Security agencies will leave nothing to chance in exploring legitimate means to trace any anti-security activity to prevent any attempt to create mayhem on innocent civilians.
We urge the public to continue to cooperate and leverage security agencies with credible information that will assist in keeping peace-loving citizens safe.