Operation Python Dance: Army carries out raids, makes major arrests in Nigeria’s S/East
The Nigerian Army which is conducting a major military campaign codenamed Operation Python Dance 11 in the southeast the epicentre of Biafra agitation has reportedly arrest eight cult members with guns,vandals and a drug peddler, military sources say.
The disclosure was made by the Army Public Relations, and 82 Division Spokesman, Colonel Sagir Musa.
While confirming the arrests he said the suspects have been hnded over to the police for interrogation.
This , according to him , followed a raiding by troops of Sector 2, during the operation in Obile community in the Ohaji Egbema Local Government Area of Imo State.
The troops who carried out the raid recovered three locally made single barrel guns and an AK 47 rifle, loaded with 15 rounds of ammunition.
Also arrested in the raid by troops of 34 Brigade in Owerri were suspected members of the Degbam cult group identified as Onyewokechi Chiwuanya, Uchechi Agu and Esoro Chibuzor, who were all handed over to the Egbema Police Station for further action.
According to the army spokesman in 82 Division, Col. Musa, said, “Patrols and raids on suspected criminal hideouts and confirmed flash-points across the South-East have been sustained during this period. This has denied criminals the freedom of action.
“Similarly, crisis prone areas such as Ohaji Egbema in Imo State, Aba, Ngwa and Umuahia areas of Abia State, Ogorude and Edda areas of Ebonyi and Cross River states have so far been stabilised.
“Due to regular patrols and search operations on confirmed criminal hideouts, some recovery of ammunition has been made. Following a tip-off, troops of 342 raided a criminal den and arrested four cultists in the Umukpo and Omoglogo villages in Ohuba community of the Ohaji Egbema LGA of Imo State. They have since been handed over to the police for further action.