By Evelyn Usman
Troops of ‘ Exercise Still Water ‘ embarked on a raid in the early hours of today, in the Oshodi area of Lagos, arresting 116 hoodlums, some of whom were preparing to go on operation.
Recovered from some of the suspects were cut-to-size locally made pistols, Indian Hemp concealed in the Holy Bible, telephones suspected to have been stolen, hard drugs suspected to be Tramadol, different banks Automated Teller Machine cards among others.
The raid according to the Commander, 9 Brigade of the Nigerian Army, Brigadier General Isang Akpaumotia paraded them before journalists were carried out between 1 am and 5 am.
Vanguard gathered that some of the suspects usually attacked unsuspecting Lagosians who were going home late or leaving for their respective business places early.
Areas raided, according to him, were: Railside, Brown Street, Araromi and other parts of the Oshodi axis. He informed me that the suspects would be screened and that those innocent would be released.
He said, “ The screening is necessary because some of them were arrested alongside others. Those found with drugs will be handed over to the National Drug Law Enforcement Agency, NDLEA, those found with weapons will be handed over to the Police “.
Brig. Gen. Akpomutia who disclosed that troops of Exercise Still Water were conducting similar raids in Festac and Mile two areas of the state, explained that it was geared towards churning out hoodlums from the state, as the general elections approached.
He, therefore, advised residents of Lagos State to go about their lawful businesses without fear, assuring that troops of Exercise Still Water and other security agencies were in charge.
Recall that Exercise Still Water which replaced Exercise Crocodile Smile, was flagged off last October, to fish out cultists planning to take over some communities in Lagos and to reduce to the barest minimum the prevailing security threats in the riverine environment such as piracy, militancy, terrorism and other sundry crimes.
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