Army ar­rests 20 sus­pected crim­i­nals in Kogi

Sunday Trust - - NEWS - From Itodo Daniel Sule, Lokoja

The com­bined forces of the Nige­rian Army and other se­cu­rity agen­cies have ar­rested 20 sus­pected crim­i­nals who have been ter­ror­is­ing the peo­ple of Kogi State through its Clear­ance Op­er­a­tion code named “Op­er­a­tion 777.”

The act­ing Di­rec­tor, De­fence In­for­ma­tion of the Nige­rian Army Head­quar­ters, Brig Gen. John Agim dis­closed this yes­ter­day at the Com­mand Army Records, Lokoja, while brief­ing jour­nal­ists on the ac­tiv­i­ties of the Clear­ance Op­er­a­tion, which was launched on Oc­to­ber 8, 2018, to com­bat crime across the coun­try.

He said the sus­pects were ar­rested fol­low­ing the in­ten­sity of of­fen­sive op­er­a­tions launched across the three sen­a­to­rial dis­tricts of the state which led to the re­cov­ery of il­le­gal arms which in­clude seven lo­cally fab­ri­cated guns, one AK 47 ri­fle, two mag­a­zines and 45 rounds of as­sorted am­mu­ni­tion.

The Army spokesman said prom­i­nent among those ar­rested was one Eleme Sal­ihu, who had been a no­to­ri­ous kid­nap king­pin op­er­at­ing along the Itobe axis in Ofu Lo­cal Gov­ern­ment Area of the state.

Ac­cord­ing to him, prior to the launch of Op­er­a­tion 777 by the De­fence Head­quar­ters, there was large scale se­cu­rity threat across Kogi State in the form of armed rob­bery, in­sur­gent ac­tiv­i­ties, kid­nap­ping, cat­tle rustling, thug­gery, cultism and bound­ary dis­putes which led to loss of lives, prop­erty and dis­rup­tion of so­cioe­co­nomic ac­tiv­i­ties.

“Through the re­new vigor and de­ter­mi­na­tion of the troops in this spe­cial op­er­a­tion, rel­a­tive peace has been re­stored.

“Lo­cal traders, mo­torists, trav­ellers and res­i­dents of vil­lages/ set­tle­ments in th­ese gen­eral ar­eas are now con­duct­ing their busi­nesses without any prob­lem”, he said.

Kogi State Se­cu­rity Ad­viser, Re­tired Navy Com­man­der Jerry Omodara, who com­mended the Nige­rian Army for suc­cesses recorded in its op­er­a­tions in the state, as­sured that the gov­ern­ment would con­tinue to give the nec­es­sary sup­port to en­sure that the state re­mains crime free.

Omodara, on be­half of the state gover­nor, Al­haji Ya­haya Bello, com­mis­er­ated with the Nige­rian Army over the re­cent loss of its men in the line of duty in Borno State.

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