Ahead of the rescheduled gubernatorial election in Edo State, soldiers of 4 Brigade Nigerian Army and personnel of the Department of State Services, DSS Edo State command have apprehended 10 suspected hoodlums in some hotels in Benin city and its environs.
Acting Director, Army Public Relations, Colonel Sani Kukasheka Usman said in a statement yesterday that the suspects were arrested based on credible security reports that some unpatriotic persons have hired hoodlums with the intention of causing mayhem during the forthcoming election in the State.
Col. Usman however denied reports that the arrested suspects are journalists. “This is not correct as the online media did not get their facts right. It is pertinent to state that none of the arrested suspects identified himself as a journalist or mention the media he reports for, contrary to the allegations of the online media.
He said acting on this, the DSS in conjunction with troops of 4 Brigade Nigerian Army carried out cordon and search operations in the suspected areas.
“This led to the arrest of 10 suspected persons in one of the hotel. Among the suspects arrested was a deserted soldier. In addition, quite a number of incriminating items including INEC sensitive materials were recovered from them.
“That notwithstanding, all the suspects were treated humanely and in the most dignified manner which has always been in accordance with our Code of Code and the tradition. Therefore none of them was molested at all during the operation and subsequent handing over to the relevant security agency.
“We wish to reiterate the position of the present leadership of the Nigerian Army under the command of Lieutenant General Tukur Yusuf Buratai which has zero tolerance for such unprofessional and unethical conduct such as harassment and molestation of innocent citizens.
The army spokesman assured that the Nigerian Army would always conduct itself professionally and responsibly in all its operations.
“Therefore, it is always advisable to always cross check facts before rushing to file or post such stories.
Nigerian Pilot recalls that sequel to the prevailing security situation in Edo state, which led to the postponement of the earlier scheduled Gubernatorial Election in Edo State, there were credible security reports that some unpatriotic persons have hired hoodlums with the intention of causing mayhem during the forthcoming election in the State.
Col. Usman said the reports further showed that the suspected hoodlums have been lodged in some hotels within Benin city and its environs.


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