Nigerian soldiers, operating under an acronym Crocodile Smile II have cleansed the Niger Delta of cultists, pirates, drug addicts and other criminals.
A statement today, Friday, by the Deputy Director Army Public Relations 6 Division Nigerian Army, Colonel Aminu Iliyasu said that the cleansing was done in the 6 Division Area of Responsibility (AOR).
“Specifically, on 13th October 2017, troops of 343 Artillery Regiment carried out a robust patrol within Brass which led to the arrest of nine suspects who were found to be in possession of substances suspected to be cannabis and 33 wraps of substances suspected to be heroine.
“Also, troops of 16 Brigade Garrison on routine patrol intercepted a notorious armed robber who was alleged to have fled from the police at Okaka Estate Junction in Yenagoa, Bayelsa State.”
The statement said that on 16th October, troops of 16 Brigade Garrison in conjunction with elements of 130 Battalion, conducted special operations that led to the arrest of one Mr. Dada at Tombia round about. The suspect is known to be a notorious criminal terrorizing the peace loving people of Tombia and adjoining communities.
It recalled also that troops in conjunction with personnel of the DSS raided a criminal hide-out where a notorious cultistist by name, Exodus Kismet aka “Hot Bottle” was arrested at Sand road by Aritalane, Yenagoa, Bayelsa State, adding that he has been on the Police wanted list owing to an allegation that he killed some people at Omoku local government of Rivers State and thereafter relocated to Bayelsa to evade arrest.
“On 20th October, troops acting on a tip-off from some patriotic citizens, arrested another suspected criminal, one Mr Aibonuwa Thompson aka Bassambri at Etiema community who was alleged to have participated in several kidnappings and sea piracy around Nembe.
“On 24th October 2017, troops arrested a total of 30 suspected cultists between Ogbolomabiri and Nembe after a shoot-out between rival cult groups in a battle of supremacy.
“Destruction of identified militants/sea pirates camps and shrines continued along Okparatobo creek in Southern Ijaw LGA where, in one of the camps, one AK-47 Magazine, 8 live rounds of 7.62mm special and one fibre speed boat mounted with a 115 HP engine were recovered while suspects fled on sighting troops approach.”
The statement said that all suspects and items recovered have been handed over to relevant security agencies for possible prosecution while the operation continues. [myad]