Troops arrest suspected killer of NDLEA officers, robbers
TROOPS of the 4 Brigade, Exercise Crocodile Smile IV, on Thursday, announced the arrest of one of the suspected killers of four officers of the National Drug Law Enforcement Agency in Edo State.
The troops also disclosed that they arrested three armed robbers during an exercise in the state.
The four NDLEA personnel were killed and their operational vehicles set ablaze in an unexpected attack.
A statement by the Assistant Director, Army Public Relations, Major Ojo Adenegan, stated that the brigade, in a joint operation with personnel of the NDLEA, Ondo State Command, conducted a raid on the Uzebba community in the Owan West Local Government Area of Edo State.
The operation, according to Adenegan, was targeted at suspects, who allegedly attacked the NDLEA checkpoint between Ifon and Uzebba in February this year.
He said the operation led to the arrest of Ayodele Ohimai, one of the suspected killers of the NDLEA personnel, while his accomplice, Reuben Kehinde, escaped, but his wife, Omo, was arrested.
Similarly, the troops, acting on a tip-off, prevented a robbery attack at the Ogheghe community in the Ikpobaokha Local Government Area of the state around 10pm on Monday, December 9, 2019.
Adenegan stated, “On receipt of the information, the troops mobilised swiftly to the scene of the incident and arrested three suspects. They also recovered a short single-barrelled gun with five live cartridges.
“The suspected killer has since been handed over to the NDLEA for further investigation, while the robbery suspects are in our custody for further investigation before they are handed over to the civil police for further necessary action.”
He canvassed more support and cooperation from members of the public in the area of information sharing on criminal activities in the state and its environs.
“We also use this opportunity to assure the general public that the Nigerian Army will leave no stone unturned in ensuring a peaceful Edo State and environs,” he added.
• COAS, Tukur Buratai