The Nigerian Military in conjunction with the National Drug Law Enforcement Agency NDLEA has arrested 14 suspected criminals and recovered from them, 5kg of cannabis, 7kg of illicit drugs and 7 bottles of codeine.
The Director, Media Operations of the Defence Headquarters , Major General Musa Danmadami, who disclosed this at the biweekly briefing on military operations across the country, on Thursday, said troops of Operation AWATSE in the South West region also recovered 6grammes of tramadol, 5 grammes of methamphetamine and the sum of 3,250 naira from the suspects during the operation.
“Troops of Operation AWATSE in the South West region of the country have continue to clamp down on the activities of criminal elements within the general area of operations.
” Notably, on 10 March 2023, troops in conjunction with National Drug Law Enforcement Agency raided Awuyaya and General paints at Ajah general area in Eti-Osa Local Government Area of Lagos State. During the operation, troops arrested 14 suspected criminals and recovered 5kg cannabis, 7kg illicits drugs, 7 bottles of codeine, 6g of tramadol, 5g of methamphetamine and the sum of N3,250.00.
“Equally, troops on patrol to Yemetu area in Ibadan North Local Government Area of Oyo State, Idanre – Ominifunfun village in Idanre Local Government Area of Ondo State and Onini, Victoria Island in Eti-Osa Local Government Area of Lagos State encountered and arrested 7 armed thugs attempting to disrupt electoral process on 18 March 2023.
“Troops recovered from armed thugs 4 AK47 rifles, 3 Jack knives, one cartridge gun, 3 mobile phones, 1 cutlass and 350 sachets of cannabis”, he said.
Major General Danmadami also said that troops of Joint Task Force Operation DELTA SAFE and other operations in the South South region of the country have continued to sustain the war against oil theft, illegal refineries and other criminal activities in the Niger Delta through aggressive patrols, raids and clearance operations amongst other activities.
“Troops of Joint Task Force Operation DELTA SAFE and other operations in the South South region of the country have continued to sustain the war against oil theft, illegal refineries and other criminal activities in the Niger Delta through aggressive patrols, raids and clearance operations amongst other activities.
” Operations were conducted at the creeks, waterways, high sea, towns and cities of Bayelsa, Delta, River State, Cross River and Akwa Ibom state respectively, which yielded significant results.
“Notably, on 18 and 20 March 2023, troops on patrol within Igbematoro – Kolama water ways in Southern Ijaw Local Government Area of Bayelsa State and Owa Aleru village in Ika North East Local Government Area of Delta State responded to a kidnap incident but no contact was made.
“Troops exploited the area and recovered 1 AK47 rifle and 2 magazines loaded with 60 rounds of 7.62mm special ammunition, 1 locally made pistol, 1 cartridge, 70 rounds of 7.62mm special, 5 cutlasses and 4 mobile phones amongst other sundry items.
“Equally, on 19 March 2023, troops responded to election disruption within Ogbakiri community in Emouha Local Government Area of Rivers State and made contact with armed thugs and arrested 12 armed thugs. Troops also recovered 4 AK47 rifles, 1 FN rifle, 4 AK47 magazines, 1 pistol loaded with 2 rounds of 9mm ammunition, 1 pump action gun, 4 cartridges, 16 rounds of 7.62mm special and 1 hilux vehicle.
“Additionally, troops of Operation of DELTA SAFE in the conduct of Operation OCTOPUS GRIP and Operation DAKATAR DA BARAWO within the weeks in focus discovered and destroyed 107 illegal refining sites, 140 storage tanks, 58 reservoirs, 151 ovens, 68 dugout pits and 22 wooden boats.
“Troops equally recovered 561,200 litres of crude oil, 119,000 litres of Automotive Gas Oil, 1 fibre boat, 5 pumping machines, 2 outboard engines, 10 new geepee tanks, 1 tricycle and 6 vehicles while a total of 9 suspected criminals were apprehended.”, Major General Danmadami said.
All recovered items and apprehended suspects according to the Director, have been handed over the appropriate authority for further action. It is worth mentoring that the sum of Two Hundred and Seventy Seven Million, Three Hundred and Fifty Seven Thousand Eight Hundred Naira (N277,357,800.00) only was denied oil thieves.
He said within the last two weeks activities of the Armed Forces of Nigeria and other security agencies conducted in addressing security challenges across the country have clamped down on the activities of criminal elements within the general area of operations.
He expressed the military high command’s commendations on the efforts of troops and other security agencies in the various theatres of operations across the country.