SAN FRANCISCO, March 12, (THEWILL) – The Nigerian Army has revealed that its troops on Operation Ayem Akpatuma (Cat Race), conducting patrols and raiding criminal hideouts have arrested the leader of a gang of kidnappers and bandits that have been terrorizing Kogi-Auchi axis.
According to a statement by Director, Army Public relations, Brigadier General Texas Chukwu, the gang-leader, who was also responsible for the killing of a soldier attached to the Special Forces unit in the state, was arrested with 4 AK 47 rifles and several magazines of AK 47 ammunition.
“In continuation of intensive patrol across the states, following a report on criminal hideouts, on Sunday 11 March 2018 troops of Headquarters Commands Army Record supported by Army Headquarters Special Forces conducted a raid operation at Irovochinomi and Egee communities within Okene Local Government Area of Kogi State,” the statement read.
“During the operation one of the prime suspect by name Mohammed Bashir a member of the gang that allegedly killed Corporal Mamman of Army Headquarters Special Forces on 27 February 2018, was apprehended.
“The following items were recovered, 2 AK 47 rifles with registration number 58008731 and 45 rounds of 7.62mm special was recovered.
“A follow up on the operation led to recovery of additional 2 AK 47 rifles. The public are once again reminded that the operation still in progress.”
The Army has also warned killers to stop their evil act or face decisive action by troops as it also warned that commanders who fail to act decisively would face court martial.
“We would like to unequivocally reiterate that the Army Headquarters warns the arsonists and the killers to stop or face decisive action by troops,” Chukwu declared.
“Our Rules of Engagement (ROE) are clear on arson and murder. Therefore, no such criminal acts would be allowed in any of the aforementioned states.
“The public is please reminded that when troops are called out for internal security operations, they are not to joke or persuade anyone.
“We have warned our commanders on the ground to take decisive actions or face court martial.”