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Python Dance III: Army arrests seven hoodlums in Sokoto

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Godsgift Onyedinefu

Troops of 8 Division of the Nigerian Army has arrested seven suspected hoodlums along Sokoto – Gusau road.

Clement Abiade, the Acting Deputy Director Army Public Relations in a statement on Friday said the hoodlums were arrested on the 9 January 2019 at about 6.30pm while on routine patrol for the safety and serenity of the metropolitan.

Abiade explained that the troops ran into a group of hoodlums causing mayhem, extorting and threatening the lives of innocent citizens along the road and seven of them were apprehended and were being profiled.

The suspects are: Auwalu Shehu, 32 years, Carpente; Muritala Garba, 41 years, Driver; Jamilu Bello, 30 years, Trader; Abubakar Aliyu, 29 years, Trader; Musa Abubakar, 32 years,  Bricklayer; Zayyanu Aliyu, 28 years, Iron Bender, and Bashir Sarkinpawa, 27 years, Cow Butcher.

Items recovered include: Five Machetes, two Knives, two Catapults, two long    Sticks (Gora), one Tyre ream, three bottles of Codeine and sizeable numbers of stones.

“Preliminary investigation is ongoing and the suspects will be handed over to the appropriate authority for prosecution on completion.

“Members of the public are hereby enjoined to cooperate with the security agencies by reporting any suspicious persons and activities.” Abiade said.

He also noted that the Python Dance III  exercise which became activated in the North West geopolitical zone with the deployment of troops in all Divisional Areas of Operation for internal security has started yielding dividends.

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