Friday, 18 November 2016

Residents In Fear As Army Arrests 37 Boko Haram Suspects In Lagos, Ogun

The outgone GOC 81 Division, Maj.Gen. Isidore Edet says 37 Boko Haram suspects were arrested under his watch in different parts of Ogun and Lagos states. 

Edet says his most challenging moment as GOC was when three of his intelligence operators on surveillance at Ijedodo were abducted by militants. 

On his part, the new GOC, Maj.Gen. Oyefolu, says he would maintain the successes of his predecessor to move the division forward.

Thirty seven Boko Haram suspects have been arrested by the 81 Division of the Nigerian Army in Lagos and Ogun states within the last 15 months. 

The outgone General Officer Commanding (GOC) 81 Division, Maj.Gen. Isidore Edet, disclosed this on Wednesday, November 16, in Lagos in during his hand over to his successor, Maj.Gen. Ebenezer Oyefolu. 

Edet said the division apprehended the terrorists in different parts of the two states, Our NAN reports. He said: “As Boko Haram is being defeated in the northeast, the terrorists run to other parts of the country. 

We ensure they are arrested irrespective of where they run to. Lagos is not an exception, we have continued to arrest them and hand them over to the necessary agency. We have arrested over 37 of them from August last year when I took over to this month.” 

Addressing reporters after the event, Edet said his most challenging period as GOC was when three army personnel were kidnapped by militants at Ijedodo.

“My most challenging moment here was when three of my intelligence operators on surveillance at Ijedodo were abducted by the militants and I had to work round the clock to ensure their rescue. 

“Tackling the challenges posed by the militants wasn’t so challenging because we had to work cooperatively and collaboratively to rout the vandals in Arepo axis. For the Festac axis, the work is still on. 

“Commanding 81 Division for me, was an honour. It is the dream of every Infantry officer to rise to command a division. It was an honour I didn’t take for granted. So, I would miss the cooperation and good working relations I had with my personnel,” Edet said. 

On his part, the new GOC, Maj.Gen. Oyefolu, said he would maintain the successes of his predecessor to move the division forward. 

He also said the army would as much as possible, support the police to contain activities of militancy and other armed crimes. Until his appointment as GOC 81 Division, Oyefolu was the deputy director at defence Intelligence agency, Abuja. Meanwhile, Boko Haram insurgent attacks on communities in Borno state has left at least 22 people dead. 

Gisthall reports that the attacks occurred between Monday, November 14 and Tuesday, November 15 in Monguno local government area of the state. According to Abbas Gava, a top official of the Vigilante Group of Nigeria in Borno, the villages attacked were Dasa and Duwabayi. 

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