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Synergy among Security Agencies: 22 arrested for banditry, Drugs & firearms possession in Sokoto

The Nigerian Army said on Wednesday that synergy between its 8 Division NA and sister security agencies in Sokoto state is yielding positive results in the fight against armed banditry and other forms of insecurities especially in Sokoto State.

Consequently, it said that between Saturday the 19 to Monday 21 of May 2019, 22 criminals were arrested for various offences ranging from armed robbery, banditry, possession and trafficking in hard drugs, and illegal possession of firearms amongst others.

The Army said, “On the 21st may 2019, a joint patrol team comprising of troops of 8 Division and other security agencies based on credible information conducted a Cordon and Search operation in Didan Dere Bypass area and apprehended a suspected drug peddler who in turn, led the troops to the hideout of a notorius drug kingpin at Kofa Kware.

A search conducted in the premises, the following items were discovered – 10 laptops and 22 different sizes parcels of substance suspected to be Indian hemp

Similarly, based on intelligence report another cordon and search operation was conducted yesterday at Nakasari Barebare area that led to the arrest of suspected drug baron. Items recovered from his compound included: a Toyota camry car with registration number KUJ 658 AP and 2 Techo phones.

Earlier on 19th May 2019, a joint patrol team on patrol in Sokoto metropolis, busted a notorious armed robbery gang led by one Zayyanu aka ‘Dankane’ which hitherto terrorised residents of Sokoto township and environs.

Similarly on 20th May, 2019, another joint patrol team, while on routine Patrol in Sokoto town arrested 6 suspected robbers with assorted weapons and other illegal substances.

The following were recovered from them: 5 knives, 5 cutlasses, 4 mobile phones, 8 sim cards of various Service providers, 8 packs of Indian hemp, 10 packets of hard drugs, Assorted charms and 30 pieces of various keys.

Again, a patrol team along Gusau – Sokoto road intercepted highly suspicious illegal aliens in a Toyota Avensis car conveying 8 Cameroonian nationals on their way to Niger Republic via Ilela border.

The individuals were without any valid identification and could not explain their mission in the area.

The General Officer Commanding uses this medium to encourage citizens to promptly report suspicious movements and activities in their localities.

The GOC equally wishes to reaffirm the determination and resolve of the Division to ridding the state of all forms of criminality.

Ayobami Oni-Orisan
Assistant Director
Army Public Relations, 1 Brigade

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