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Army nabs Notorious  Mercenary, 12 other suspected criminals in Taraba, hands over criminals to Police.

The 82 division of the Nigerian Army said on Wednesday that it has arrested a notorious mercenary and 12 other suspected criminals including herdsmen causing mayhem in Taraba state and handed them to the Taraba State Command of the Nigerian Police.

A statement by Col Sagir Musa, giving details said, “In a rekindled efforts to checkmate farmers-herdsmen clashes, kidnappings and other sundry crimes in Taraba State and its environs, troop’s of 93 Battalion Takum have arrested a mercenary and 12 other suspected criminals in different parts of the State.

“As a standing Nigerian Army (NA) policy, the 82 Division has therefore directed the handover of all the suspects to the police, Taraba State Command.

“In compliance with the instruction, the Battalion has successfully transferred/handed over the suspects and the exhibits of 1 x AK 47 Riffle with 10 rounds of 7.62 mm special ammunition to the Commissioner of Police, Taraba State for further necessary action.

“The suspects and the evidences were handed over between 19 – 22 May 2017.

“The suspects are, Mr. Babatunde Oladiji – 48 years – a mercenary caught with AK 47 Rifles with 10 rounds of 7.62 mm special ammunition (Handed over to the Divisional Police Officer, Takum Local Government, Taraba State).

“Others are; Mr Igba Shiaondo – 26 years, Mr Mngo Asui – 38years, Mr Dengi Usman -28 years, Mr Sani Ali – 20 years, Mr Suleiman Yahaiya – 20 years, Mr Umar Sanda – 19 years, Mr Zakari Umar – 20 years, Mr Ishiaku Gado – 19 years, Mr Mulega Uma – 21 years, Mr Yusuf Gbokolo – 20 years, Mr Msughter Uter – 27 years and Mr Innocent Danwua – 47 years.

“Similarly, two impersonators, dressed in Nigerian Army camouflage uniform with walking boots, – (Mr Makrop Jonah – 26 years and Mr Nanbal James – 22 years), were apprehended by a patrol team of 93 Battalion at Ibi Local Government Area, Delta State on 5 May 2017.

“On questioning, the suspects claimed to be personnel of the Nigerian Navy Tactical Operations Unit in Delta State on “reconnaissance” for possible deployment on Ibi Water Ways.

“Further scrutiny indicated that they are fake; consequently, as a Nigerian Army and indeed 82 Division principles, they too, were transferred to the Nigerian Police Force Taraba State for necessary action.” 


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