Military patrol team at Otefe, Ethiope West Local Government Area of Delta State, have apprehended three cultists who were reportedly harassing and intimidating students in the area.
The troops also arrested five suspects (four males and a female) at Ozoro, Isoko North Local Government Area of the state, same day.
Colonel Sani Kukasheka Usman, the acting director, Army Public Relations, confirmed the arrest in a statement yesterday, saying the troops, while responding to a distress call, discovered that some criminals dressed in military uniforms suspected to be cultists were harassing and intimidating the students in the area.
“The troops promptly responded in record time and arrested the three culprits dressed in naval uniform. The impostors are currently undergoing interrogation.
“Exhibits recovered from them include one locally made single barrel gun, some cartons and parcels containing wrapped substances suspected to be marijuana.
“Similarly, the troops also carried out a raid on suspected criminal hideouts at Urudhe and Ala Square, Ozoro community of Isoko North Local Government Area of Delta State on Monday, 29th August 2016. During the raid, the troops arrested three suspects, Messrs Noble Alaba, John Aidagho and Edejoro Joel.
“The troops also went further to raid another suspected criminal hideout, which happened to be the residence of Mr. Jesse Omuye (now at large), a notorious criminal in Irri community, Isoko Local Government Area of Delta State.
“The wife, Mrs. Jessy Omuye, who is also a suspected accomplice in her husband’s nefarious activities, has also been taken in for questioning. The troops also arrested one Mr. Ogbe Akbotu in possession of locally made single barrel gun, cartons and jerry cans containing substance suspected to be marijuana in powered form mixed with alcohol, otherwise known as ‘monkey tail,’ and six mobile telephone handsets,” Usman said
He further stated that troops of 4 Brigade, Nigerian Army, on field training exercise nicknamed ‘Operation Crocodile Smile,’ have continued the military training with humanitarian activities, patrols, response to distress calls and arrest of suspected criminals in various parts of Delta State.
“The troops have continued to carry out free Medical Outreach at Otonyasere Community in Sapele, Delta State, in which over 500 persons have so far attended including adults and children. During the ongoing exercise, diagnosis were carried out, medication and drugs were given, some laboratory investigations were conducted out and blood pressure was checked freely to interested persons thronged the area.
“The medical personnel also gave health talk on good healthy living, HIV Aids, Lassa fever awareness and sensitisation and oral hygiene,” the statement added.
Recall that the troops also carried out similar exercise at Central Area at Otonloye Community, near Olu of Warri’s palace in Delta, on August 29, 2016, and continued today.
It is expected that over 1,000 persons would benefit from the exercise in that centre alone at the end of the day.