By Ajogwu Jerry
Troops of 8 Division, Nigerian Army, on Exercise EGWU EKE III, in conjunction with other security agencies have recovered dangerous weapons from criminals and political thugs in Sokoto State.
According to a statement by the Director, Army Public Relations, Brig Gen Sani Usman, the development has contributed immensely to peaceful security situation in the State.
Gen Usman further disclosed that troops on joint stop and search patrol patrol with other security agencies, arrested 16 persons suspected to be political thugs armed with dangerous weapons along Illela-Danfulani-Gwadabawa road.
“The suspects were arrested armed with 27 axes and 16 customised sticks. While still conducting the search, a prominent politician in the state and a serving Senator, came to the scene and ordered his mobile police escorts to release them.
“In the process, the Department of State Service operative was molested and his clothes torn. The patriotic and professional officer still held on to the seized weapons.
Similarly, another prominent politician from Zamfara State had earlier tried to influence the investigation of arrested armed poltical thugs.
These undue pressures and attempts to interfere with the conduct of the Exercise for selfish reasons are indeed worrisome and disturbing and will not be tolerated,”.
The Army spokesman frowned at the undue intervention of mischief politicians while reiterating the commitments of the Nigerian Army which he said “has always been professional, impartial and apolitical and will continue to be so”.
Recall that since the launching of Exercise Egwu Eke III in January 2019, Nigeria Army troops have succeeded in arresting thugs armed with dangerous weapons across the various political parties, without fear or favour.