Troops ar­rest sus­pected killer of NDLEA of­fi­cers, rob­bers

The Punch - - METRO - Sola Shittu, Benin

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

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