A gang of suspected cultists believed to engage in armed robbery and kidnapping in Maiduguri and environs have been arrested by troops of the Nigerian Army Super Camp 1 Molai.
This move is in line with the Super Camp Concept of the Counter terrorism efforts Of Operation LAFIYA DOLE (OPLD).
A statement by the Deputy Director Army Public army Colonel Ado Isa said the arrest was made by the troops in conjunction with other security agencies and local hunters in the general area on Sunday 22 September following credible information received from well meaning individuals.
According to the statement, the alleged cultists were about to perform an initiation rite on some new members into their confraternity, when the troops, other security personnel and local hunters stormed their hideout in Maiduguri.
“The cultists’ attempt to flee and escape arrest was unsuccessful as they were effectively overwhelmed and rounded up by the troops in conjunction with other security agencies.
“Those arrested were all handed over to the Nigeria Police Force Borno State (Maiduguri) Command for further investigation and necessary action”.
“The general area was cordoned off and 18 members of the cult group, comprising civilians and alleged students of the University of Maiduguri were arrested at the initiation scene”.
Three serving personnel of the Nigerian Army were also arrested and immediately interrogated and tried in line with military justice system by 7 Division Military Police, in conjunction with their Units.
Consequently, the soldiers were dismissed and handed over to the Borno State Police Command for further action.
Intensive joint patrol by troops of OPLD, and other security agencies has been intensified within Maiduguri Metropolitan Council and its environs while members of the general public are enjoined to continue to support the security agencies with information that could assist in dealing with the criminals.
The Theatre Command Operation Lafiya Dole also appeals to the public to be on the watch out for fleeing terrorists from the Lake Chad area.