Seven persons have arrested by troops of 8 Division, Nigerian Army in Sokoto,for causing mayhem, extorting and threatening the lives of innocent citizens.
The suspects included Auwalu Shehu, 32 years – carpenter; 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.
Acting Deputy Director Army Public Relations,Major Clement Abiade who disclosed this in a statement in Sokoto,said it was sequel to the flag off of Exercise EGWU EKE III (Python Dance) by the Chief of Army Staff, Lt Gen TY Buratai in 1 Battalion, Birnin Kebbi, Kebbi State on the 8th of January 2019.
“The exercise simultaneously became activated in the North West geopolitical zone with the deployment of troops in all Divisional Areas of Operation for internal security which has started yielding dividends,”he revealed.
According to him,the arrests were made on the 9 January 2019 at about 6.30pm while on routine patrol for the safety and serenity of the metropolitan along Sokoto -Gusau road.
Items recovered,he said, included five machetes,two knives,two catapults,two long sticks (Gora),one tyre ream,three bottles of codeine and,sizeable numbers of stones.
Major Abiade stated that preliminary investigation was ongoing and that the suspects would be handed over to the appropriate authority for prosecution on completion.
He urged members of the public to cooperate with the security agencies by reporting any suspicious persons and activities.