Troops of 707 Special Forces Brigade conducting EXERCISE AYEM AKPATUMA arrested five suspected cultists on Sunday 25 February 2018, in Katsina Ala local government area of Benue State, North central Nigeria.
Preliminary investigation conducted revealed that the suspects were said to be students of College of Education, Katsina Ala who were about to be initiated as new members.
The Assistant Director Army Public Relations, Major Olabisi Olekan Ayeni said the troops acted on credible information followed by raid operations which led to their arrest.
The suspects arrested are: Mr Dennis Victor Terfa, Mr Emmanuel Daniel Akpagher, Mr Akuse Jacob Aondongu, Mr Kpo Isaac and Mr Idika Kelechi.
Major Ayeni also said troops operating at Sector C of same exercise carried out cordon and search operations at Ukum Local Government Area, which also led to the arrest of gun runners and cattle rustlers.
“Among the suspects arrested is a 55 year old weapon Instructor, Mr Samuel Gaza, who is a member of the Livestock Guard. He confessed to rustling cows for over 4 years before he was recruited by the state government, while Mr Jato Aontoseer, confessed that he is a gun runner, Mr Avaatyough Aontoseer is a weapons fabricator”.
“Items recovered are: one Fabrique National rifle, 3 Fabrique National and AK 47 magazines, one locally made pistol, 3 dane guns, 4 mobile phones and one axe, military belt, lanyard and a beret, charms, some quantity of indian hemp” he said.
The Nigerian Army therefore urged law abiding citizens to go about their lawful businesses and provide timely information that will assist the Army in the successful conduct of the exercise.