The Nigeria Army Continued its offensive against criminal elements across the country.
The Army in a statement issued by the Col AMINU ILIYASU Nigerian Army Operations Media Coordinator 18 October 2019 says in another development, troops of the Nigerian Army under Operation MESA continue to raid criminal elements at their hideouts across the nation.
He said,” troops of 144 Battalion (Rear) while acting on credible information intercepted and arrested one Chinedu Mark in Abiriba in Ohafia LGA of Abia State in possession of a locally made pistol and 2 cartridges hidden in a polythene bag stuffed with garri. Suspect confessed that he was conveying the arms to 3 of his friends who are now at large. Similarly, troops of 102 Guards Battalion arrested an imposter while on routine patrol along Jere – Katari – Kaduna – Abuja express way extorting money from motorists. The suspect, Godspower Linus was found with a fake Military ID Card, camouflage jungle hat, military belt and a motorcycle.
In addition, between 12 – 14 October 2019, troops in the Niger Delta Region have intensified their operations against illegal oil bunkering, piracy, kidnapping, armed robbery and other sundry crimes. During the period, the unrelenting troops destroyed 4 identified illegal oil refining sites, 6 large metal storage tanks containing illegally refined Automated Gas Oil (AGO), 4 large ground reservoirs, 6,000 litres of stolen crude oil and 80,000 litres of refined products in plastic drums and Jerri cans. Also recovered were 2 vehicles and a motorcycle.
In view of the recent successes achieved by troops of the Nigerian Army across the nation, the Chief of Army Staff Lt Gen Tukur Yusufu Buratai wishes to acknowledge and thank all well-meaning Nigerians for the support accorded to troops of the Nigerian Army in the conduct of their daily operations. He also wishes to reassure all peace loving citizens and residents in the country of Nigerian Army’s resolve to providing a secured environment for all and sundry.