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Troops nab 22 suspected drug traffickers, bandits, others in Sokoto

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Godsgift Onyedinefu

The Nigerian Army says its synergy among security agencies in Sokoto State has yielded positive result as 22 suspected criminals were arrested in Sokoto State.

The 1 Brigade Assistant Director, Army Public Relations, Lt Ayobami Oni-orisan who said this in a statement on Wednesday said the suspects were arrested for various offences ranging from armed robbery, banditry, possession and trafficking in hard drugs, and illegal possession of firearms amongst others.

Oni-orisan said the suspects were arrested between 19 to 21 of May 2019, following joint patrol between 8 Division Nigerian Army and sister security agencies and various hard drugs and other weapons recovered.

The statement read in part

“On the 21st may 2019, a joint patrol team comprising of troops of 8 Division and other security agencies based on credible information conducted a Cordon and Search operation in Didan Dere Bypass area and apprehended a suspected drug peddler who in turn, led the troops to the hideout of a notorius drug kingpin at Kofa Kware.

“A search conducted in the premises, the following items were discovered 10 laptops, 22 different sizes parcels of substance suspected to be Indian hemp

“Similarly, based on intelligence report another cordon and search operation was conducted yesterday at Nakasari Barebare area that led to the arrest of suspected drug baron.

“Items recovered from his compound included, A Toyota camry car with registration number KUJ 658 AP 2 Techo phones.

“Earlier on 19th May 2019, a joint patrol team on patrol in Sokoto metropolis, busted a notorious armed robbery gang led by one Zayyanu aka ‘Dankane’ which hitherto terrorised residents of Sokoto township and environs.

“Similarly on 20th May, 2019, another joint patrol team, while on routine Patrol in Sokoto town arrested 6 suspected robbers with assorted weapons and other illegal substances.

“The following were recovered from them: 5 knives, 5 cutlasses, 4 mobile phones, 8 sim cards of various Service providers, 8 packs of Indian hemp, 10 packets of hard drugs, Assorted charms, 30 pieces of various keys.

‘Again, a patrol team along Gusau – Sokoto road intercepted highly suspicious illegal aliens in a Toyota Avensis car conveying 8 Cameroonian nationals on their way to Niger Republic via Ilela border. The individuals were without any valid identification and could not explain their mission in the area.

“The General Officer Commanding uses this medium to encourage citizens to promptly report suspicious movements and activities in their localities.

“The GOC equally wishes to reaffirm the determination and resolve of the Division to ridding the state of all forms of criminality.”

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