Soldiers along Airport Road in Abuja intercepted two long vehicles conveying perishable goods, redirecting the drivers and passengers back towards the city centre.
The vehicles were said to be the kind used for the transportation of goods by traders in the business of perishable vegetables from the northern part of the country to the southern regions.
A witness, Abdullahi Mohammed told Daily Trust that the vehicles were intercepted on Tuesday around Airport Road flanked by 3 Hilux vans as they were forced towards the Abuja City Gate.
Mohammed said he became curious because one of the vehicles had no plate number, the other was numbered AKW 265 JX, while all the vans used by the soldiers had no number plates.
Mohammed noted: “One of the long vehicles seemed like a container for carrying breweries and beverages, the other had perishable items and immediately obvious were some onions.
“This was around 2 O’clock in the afternoon and from all indications they arrested those people. I drove along side them for about fifteen minutes.
“The youth arrested looked like traders going back to the southern part of the country. Maybe they were going back because of the postponement of election.”
Contacted on the matter, Defence spokesman Major General Chris Olukolade told Daily Trust to speak with the acting army spokesman Colonel Sani Usman.
However, the army spokesman could not be reached for comment at the time of filing this report.