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Army arrests 31 suspects, recovers 14 guns, ammunition

By Isa Abdulsalami Ahovi, Jos
25 December 2019   |   4:05 am
The Nigerian Army has said that it arrested no fewer than 31 suspects and recovered 14 Dane guns, 21 rounds of 762mm special ammunition and 35 cartridges during an Operation Crocodile Smile IV in southern part of Ondo State.

NAF doing its best to secure Nigerians
The Nigerian Army has said that it arrested no fewer than 31 suspects and recovered 14 Dane guns, 21 rounds of 762mm special ammunition and 35 cartridges during an Operation Crocodile Smile IV in southern part of Ondo State.

Commander of 32 Artillery Brigade, Brig-Gen. Zakari Abubakar, made this known during an end-of-year social activities and award night of the military operation in Ondo on Sunday in Okitipupa.

A statement by the Brigade’s Army Public Relations Officer, Maj. Victor Olokoya, said during the period of the exercise in the southern part of the state, they conducted kinetic operation, road blocks, raids, ambushes and snap checks as well as anti-illegal bunkering.

Gen. Abubakar said, “The 32 Artillery Brigade, in collaboration with Nigerian Navy, police and other security agencies, has made tremendous effort within the two months in stemming criminality within the southern part of Ondo.

“We arrested 31 suspects, recovered one AK 47 rifle, 21 rounds of 7.62mm special, two AK magazines, one pump action gun, 14 Dane guns, 35 cartridges, 12 vehicles, one motorcycle, three boat engines and three pumping machines.

“All arrested persons and recovered items were handed over to the relevant agencies for further investigation and prosecution.”

Meanwhile, the Chief of Air Staff (CAS), Air Marshal Sadiq Abubakar, has said that the Nigerian Air Force (NAF) has been doing all within its power to ensure that Nigerians are safe from all forms of attacks, particularly from Boko Haram.

Abubakar stated that for the past four years, the service had done over 23,300 hours while conducting 11,230 missions in support of Operation Lafiya Dole.

According to him, the current level of funding of NAF is still far below the requirement for a balanced force capable of discharging its role effectively.

The NAF Chief, while delivering a public lecture at the University of Jos (UNIJOS) yesterday, noted the readiness of the force to collaborate with Non-Governmental Organisations (NGOs) in proffering solution to insecurity in the country.

Vice Chancellor of UNIJOS, Prof. Seddi Maimako, reiterated the commitment of the university to partner with the force towards achieving the said objectives.

Maimako said he had listened with rapt attention to the lecture delivered by the CAS, and concluded that he meant well for the country in terms of security.

Chairman on the occasion and former Vice Chancellor of the university, Prof. Nenfort Gomwalk, applauded the CAS for sharing his wealth of experience.

Similarly, the Chief of Defence Staff (CDS), General Abayomi Olonisakin, has implored the citizens of Plateau to give total support to the security agencies towards restoring the lost glory of the state.

General Olonisakin disclosed this during the Plateau Youth Summit held at the Hill Station Hotel Conference Hall held in Jos.