By: Kingsley Omonobi
The Nigerian Army on Sunday 22 September arrested a gang of suspected cultists, who are suspected to engage in armed robbery and kidnapping in Maiduguri and its environs.
Following credible information received from well-meaning individuals, the suspects were arrested, by troops of the Nigerian Army Super Camp 1 Molai, in line with the Super Camp Concept of the Counter terrorism efforts Of Operation Lafiya Dole (OPLD).
A statement from the Theater Command headquarters said, “The feat was achieved in conjunction with other security agencies
It said, “The alleged cultists were about to perform an initiation rite on some new members into their confraternity when the Army troops and other security personnel stormed their hideout in Maiduguri.
“The cultists attempt to flee and escape arrest was unsuccessful as they were effectively overwhelmed and rounded up by the troops in conjunction with other security agencies.
“The general area was cordoned off and 18 members of the cult group, comprising civilians and alleged students of the University of Maiduguri were arrested at the initiation scene.
“Three serving personnel of the Nigerian Army were also arrested.
“Those arrested were all handed over to the Nigeria Police Force Borno State (Maiduguri) Command for further investigation/necessary action.
The statement signed by Col Ado Is a Deputy Director, Army Public Relations said ” The arrested soldiers were immediately interrogated and tried in line with the military justice system by 7 Division Military Police, in conjunction with their Units.
“Consequently, the soldiers were dismissed and handed over to the Borno State Police Command for further action.
“The Theatre Commander OPLD Major General OG Adeniyi, the Acting General Officer Commanding (GOC) 7 Division, Nigerian Army, Brigadier General AK Ibrahim, the Commissioner of Police, and Director of State Security Service (SSS), as well as other heads of security agencies in Borno State visited the scene for on-the-spot assessment of the area/ situation .
“Intensive joint patrol by troops of OPLD, and other security agencies have been intensified within Maiduguri Metropolitan Council and it’s environs.
“While we continue to intensify the fight against insurgents and other criminals, members of the general public are once again enjoined to continue to support the security agencies with information that could assist in dealing with the criminals.
“The Theatre Command OPLD also appeals to the public to be on the watch out for fleeing terrorists from the Lake Chad area.”