– Troops of the Nigerian army carrying out the Operation Python Dance exercise in the south-east have arrested 8 suspected cult members, vandals and a drug peddler
– During one of the operations which was carried out in Imo state, the troops also recovered single barrel guns and an AK-47 rifle which was loaded with 15 rounds of ammunition
– Regular patrols and search operations aided in confirming the hideouts of the alleged criminals; and all the suspects have been handed over to the police for further interrogation
At least 8 suspected cult members, vandals and a drug peddler have been apprehended by troops of the Nigerian army currently taking part in the Operation Python Dance exercise in the south-east, Punch reports.
The development was made public by Colonel Sagir Musa, Deputy Director, Army Public Relations, on Friday, October 6.
NAIJ.com gathers that the successful operation was carried out in Obile community, Ohaji Egbema Local Government Area of Imo State, by troops from Sector 2 of the army’s 82 Division.
The soldiers carried out a daring raid, ambushing cult members in their hideout, and recovering three locally made single barrel guns and an AK-47 rifle which was loaded with 15 rounds of ammunition.
The army chief disclosed that the suspects have been transferred to the police, for further interrogation.
In another such operation in Owerri, the Imo state capital, members of the Degbam cult group identified as Onyewokechi Chiwuanya, Uchechi Agu and Esoro Chibuzor, were arrested by troops of the 34 Brigade.
The suspects were handed over to the Egbema police station.
Giving a brief on the developments, Col. Musa stated: “Patrols and raids on suspected criminal hideouts and confirmed flash-points across the south-east have been sustained during this period.
“This has denied criminals the freedom of action.
“Similarly, crisis prone areas such as Ohaji Egbema in Imo State, Aba, Ngwa and Umuahia areas of Abia State, Ogorude and Edda areas of Ebonyi and Cross River states have so far been stabilised.
“Due to regular patrols and search operations on confirmed criminal hideouts, some recovery of ammunition has been made.
“Following a tip-off, troops of 342 raided a criminal den and arrested four cultists in the Umukpo and Omoglogo villages in Ohuba community of the Ohaji Egbema LGA of Imo State.
“They have since been handed over to the police for further action.”
Meanwhile, NAIJ.com previously reported that thirty four suspected hoodlums were arrested by the army in the ongoing Operation Python Dance II taking place in the southeast region.
In a released statement, the army spokesperson said the suspects were arrested during raids by troops in some southeast states.
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