Port Harcourt – The Nigerian Army on Sunday said it had arrested members of a four-man gang allegedly terrorising residents of Ulakwo community in Etche Local Government area of Rivers.
There had been rising cases of cultism, assassinations, armed robbery and kidnapping in some communities in the state.
The Assistant Director, Army Public Relations Officer, 2 Brigade, Port Harcourt, Capt. Eli Lazarus, made the disclosure while parading the suspects in Port Harcourt.
Lazarus said that following intelligence report, troops raided criminal hideouts in Ulakwo community and recovered arms and ammunition from the gang.
“Following reports of criminal activities of some young men who had been unleashing terror on innocent citizens, troops from 2 Brigade, Nigerian Army, conducted a search in Ulakwo community.
“The operation, which was successful, led to the arrest of four young men, aged between 23 and 35, who were terrorising law-abiding citizens in the community.
“Two Pump Action rifles, a Dane gun and four cartridges of live ammunitions, were recovered from the suspects during the raid,” he explained.
Lazarus said the suspects would be handed over to the Department of State Security (DSS) for further investigation and possible arraignment in court.
He said the Army had put in place, mechanisms to rid the state of criminals, to enable residents go about their lawful businesses without fear of molestation.
‘’Criminals and restive youths should have a change of heart and engage themselves in legal ventures, otherwise we will come after them,’’ he said.
The army spokesman urged members of the public to continue to provide security agencies with information that could lead to the arrest of criminals.