Nigerian Army has arrested no fewer then 86 suspects connected to the criminal activities in South East in an ongoing operation “Exercise Atilogwu Udo 1’’.
This was revealed by Aliyu Yusuf, Deputy Director, Public Relations of 82 Division of the Nigerian Army, on Tuesday in Enugu.
He said the suspects were taken forward for and detained more investigation before taking actions.
Mr yusuf added that the operation was targeted at eliminating series of criminal activities ranging from cultism, kidnapping, drug abuse and host of others.
“Troops of sector 1, in 13 Brigade, Calabar, arrested a total of 38 suspects in its Area of Responsibility (AOR). The latest arrest occurred on Dec. 6, when troops conducted snap checkpoint in Obubra Local Government Area (LGA) of the state.
“During the operation, three suspects who were riding on a motorcycle at Okuni village in Ikom LGA immediately abandoned their motorcycle and fled on sighting the troops.
He added how army arrest man with pistol and other local weapons and handed him to police, “The troops pursued and apprehended one Mr Francis Ibiang, items recovered from him include one locally made pistol, one cartridge, a machete, two mobile phones, assorted charms and N4,500 cash, he has been handed over to the police for further action,’’
He also explained how Nigerian army jointly with other security agencies nabbed cults members in Abia polytechnic, “Following a distress call from Chief Security Officer (CSO) Abia State Polytechnic, Asa; troops in conjunction with security agencies arrested cult members suspected to be of Klain Men group, the suspects are- Stanley Kelechi, Kalu Ihechi, Okoro Prince and Chiemeka Nwosu,’’ he said.
“The suspects were arrested following a tip-off after vandalising a pipeline and evacuating the contents at Umuapu along Owerri-Port Harcourt road.
“The troops also arrested one suspected illegal oil dealer, Mr Emmanuel Okechukwu with five drums filled with illegally refined AGO in a Mercedes Benz along Owerri-Port Harcourt road,’’
“Also, troops acting on a tip-off raided suspected drug peddlers’ hideout at Amansea and Umudioka general area and arrested 21 suspected dealers with varying quantity of suspected drugs.
“On Nov. 19 troops in conjunction with security agencies conducted raid to flush out kidnappers and criminal elements hibernating in Ajalli–Umumba Forest in Udi LGA of Enugu State.
“Troops around Nsukka–Ukehi Road general area arrested Mr Oluchi Ugwu who is a suspected notorious drug peddler, and recovered one bag of weed suspected to be hemp,’’ he said.
“The suspects are Success George,18; Noble Mbam,20; Emeka Ugo,20 and Aja Anayochukwu, 20.
“Their arrest also led to the arrest of one Mr Imeze Joseph who buys stolen items from them and at the point of his arrest, one suspected stolen plasma TV was recovered from him,’’