Troops of Exercise Crocodile Smile II have arrested some suspected criminals including drug peddlers, cultists and car snatchers through patrols, raids, road blocks and checkpoints.
Following the flag off of Exercise Crocodile Smile Ii last Friday (October 13) in 81 Division Area of Responsibility by the Chief of Army Staff, Lt Gen TY Buratai, simultaneous activities started in Lagos and Ogun States.
So far, the troops have been carrying out routine activities associated with the exercise seamlessly along with other Sister Services, Security and Para military agencies.
On Wednesday October 4, 2017, based on credible information on activities of pipeline vandals at Ronik Hotel Agbule Egba area of Lagos State, troops of 149 Battalion, 81 Division Nigerian Army were immediately dispatched for a Cordon and search Operation.
The troops arrested the suspected pipeline vandals and items found within the hotel premises include 16 loaded kegs of premium motor spirit (PMS), five cars and two tankers loaded with PMS.
The suspects have been interrogated, profiled and handed over to Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps (NSCDC).
In a related development, on Wednesday, October 11 2017, troops of 174 Battalion, 81 Division Nigerian Army while on a stop-and-search operation arrested a car robber, who snatched a Toyota Venza registration no. FST 762 CV along Ikorodu – Sagamu road.
The suspect, who was fleeing with the stolen vehicle, rammed into other vehicles and pedestrians in a bid to escape and was arrested by own troops.
The suspect and the recovered vehicle have been handed over to Owutu Divisional Police Headquarters.
Also at about October 14, 2017, following a tip-off troops of Sector 5, 243 Battalion at Agbara area of Lagos State in conjunction with men of NDLEA carried out a raid operation at Oto-Awori and apprehended five drug peddlers with gallons of unidentified chemical substances and Indian hemp. Arrested suspects and items have been handed over to the NDLEA for further investigation.
Similarly, raid and clearance operations were carried out on October 14 by troops of 65 Battalion Sector 1 of Exercise CROCODILE SMILE II at Ajah general area, where nine suspects were arrested with bags containing Indian hemp.
Two of the suspects were alleged to have snatched a female purse containing Samsung Galaxy and Itel phones, Bible, house keys and N1, 200, which were also recovered.
Another raid operation was also carried out by troops of 9 Brigade Garrison Sector 4 at Ipodo, Ikeja general area where five suspected fraudsters were arrested and items recovered include four generators, four laptops, scanning machine, colour printer, three stabilizers, 10 UPS, three car chargers and 16 handsets stand.
The suspects and exhibits have been handed over to Lagos State Special Task Force, Oshodi.
On Sunday, October 15, 2017, the Commander Sector 3 of Exercise CROCODILE SMILE II, Lt Col BC Eze handed over 36 suspects arrested by troops of the Sector during a raid operation at criminal hideouts and notorious drug dens in Ikorodu general area.
The handover was carried out at Odogunyan barracks in Ikorodu. The suspects were received by the Area Commander Nigeria Police Ijede–Ikorodu.
Also on Sunday, October 15, 2017, at about 11.59pm, gunmen suspected to be cultists attacked Rolex Hotel in Ajara area of Badagry.
Following a distress call to troops of 243 Battalion Sector 5 on Exercise CROCODILE SMILE II on activities of suspected cultists, troops responded immediately and arrested four suspected cultists.
Also a follow up of suspected cultists attack, two suspects were arrested in connection with previous attacks at Rolex Hotel.
The arrested suspects were detained and preliminary investigation is in progress while suspects would be handed over to relevant security agencies for further investigation and prosecution.
The 81 Division reassured the public that it was poised to maintain peace and security in the entire Lagos and Ogun States.
It urged members of the public to cooperate with security agencies by remaining law abiding and giving credible information to the nearest security check point or call 193.
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