Crime & Society

Army arrests suspected ISWAP terrorist in Ogun

The Nigerian Army says its troops have arrested a suspected Islamic States West Africa Province terrorist in Ogun.

Specifically, the Defence Headquarters disclosed that Operation AWATSE troops arrested the ISWAP suspect in Sango Ota.

The army’s acting director of Defence Media Operation, Bernard Onyeuko, revealed this while briefing journalists on operations of the armed forces between June 18 and June 30 on Thursday in Abuja.

Mr Onyeuko said the arrest was made during standing patrols and raid operations at strategic areas in the Majidun area when the suspect Ibrahim Musa was apprehended.

He added that the troops sustained operational activities to forestall vandalising of NNPC pipelines at Gaun, Akute, Wawa I/II, and Magboro areas.

The army stated that an intelligence report revealed that Mr Ibrahim was on a mission to Lagos to acquire materials for ISWAP’s operations in Maiduguri.

Mr Onyeuko also disclosed that the troops acting on intelligence arrested another suspect, Oyeshola Saheed, for illegal oil bunkering activity at the Alimosho NNPC pipeline.

“However, he named one Mr Akanbi as the sponsor and financier of bunkering activities in the area.

“Both vehicles and equipment used for their operations were recovered and handed over to the appropriate agency for necessary action,” said the army.

The army spokesperson further noted that chief of defence staff Lucky Irabor had engaged with retired military generals in the South-West as part of his non-kinetic engagements.

He explained that the interaction was part of efforts to trace root causes of security challenges in the country and tap from the wealth of experience and knowledge of the retired officers and other stakeholders.

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