Less than a week after Lieutenant Idris Umar Mohammed of 9 Brigade Garrison Ikeja Military Cantonment visited the Executive Chairman of Agege LGA, Hon. Ganiyu Kola Egunjobi as part of the flag off of ‘Operation Crocodile Smile II’ in the area, the exercise has yielded its first results.
According to the operatives of the Nigerian Army, the force has arrested more than 40 suspects for various offences within Lagos and Ogun states during various operations on the platform.
Confirming the development, 81 Division spokesperson, Lt.-Col. Olaolu Daudu said the exercise was launched by the Chief of Army Staff, Lt.-Gen. Tukur Buratai adding that the troops have being carrying out routine activities associated with the exercise seamlessly along with other sisters services, security and para military agencies.
“Some suspected criminals have been arrested. Drug peddlers, cultists, car snatchers and other criminal elements have been denied freedom of action through patrols, raids, road blocks and checkpoints,” he said.
He added that “before now, based on credible information on activities of pipeline vandals at Ronik Hotel Agbule Egba area of Lagos state, troops of 149 Battalion, 81 Division Nigerian Army were immediately dispatched for a Cordon and search Operation.
“The troops arrested the suspected pipeline vandals and items found within the hotel premises include 16 loaded kegs of premium motor spirit (PMS), 5 cars and 2 tankers loaded with PMS,” he said.
He concluded that the suspects have been interrogated, profiled and handed over to NSCDC.
In a related development, Lt.-Col. Olaolu Daudu said officers troops of 174 Battalion, 81 Division Nigerian Army while on a stop and search operation arrested a car robber who snatched a Toyota Venza with reg no. FST 762 CV along Ikorodu – Sagamu road.
“The suspect who was fleeing with the stolen vehicle rammed into other vehicles and pedestrians in a bid to escape and was arrested by troops. The suspect and the recovered vehicle have been handed over to Owutu Divisional police Headquarters,” he said.