Egwu Eke III: Army Arrests Hoodlums In Sokoto
The Egwu Eke III [Python Dance] taken to hoodlums in Sokoto State by the Nigerian Army is yielding result, an official of the force said on Saturday.
Egwu Eke III is a military exercise flagged off by the Chief of Army Staff, Lieutenant General Tukur Buratai in 1 Battalion, Birnin Kebbi, Kebbi State on 8 January 2019.
The exercise was simultaneously activated in the North West geopolitical zone, with the deployment of troops in all Divisional Areas of Operation for internal security.
According to a military statement on Saturday, troops of 8 Division, Nigerian Army in Sokoto on the 9 January, 2019, at about 6.30 p.m. local time, while on routine patrol for the safety and serenity of the metropolitan ran into a group of hoodlums causing mayhem, extorting and threatening the lives of innocent citizens along Sokoto - Gusau road.
"Seven (7) of them were apprehended and were being profiled.
The suspects are:
a. Auwalu Shehu, 32 years - Carpenter.
b. Muritala Garba, 41 years, Driver.
c. Jamilu Bello, 30 years, Trader.
d. Abubakar Aliyu, 29 years, Trader.
e. Musa Abubakar, 32 years, Bricklayer.
f. Zayyanu Aliyu, 28 years, Iron Bender, and,
g. Bashir Sarkinpawa, 27 years, Cow Butcher.
3. Items recovered include:
a. Five Machetes.
b. Two Knives.
c. Two Catapults.
d. Two long Sticks (Gora).
e. One Tyre ream.
f. Three bottles of Codeine and,
g. Sizeable numbers of stones.
The statement by a spokesman for the Nigerian Army, Clement Abiade, said preliminary investigation was ongoing and that the suspects would be handed over to the appropriate authority for prosecution on completion.
The Army also requested for the cooperation of Nigerians and asked that suspicious persons and activities should be reported to security agencies as soon as they were observed.
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