THE Edo State Governor, Adams Oshiomhole, has commended the Nigerian Army for its efforts at ridding Edo and Delta States of criminals.
The occasion was the parade of 57 suspects nabbed from both states in three months of onslaught against criminal elements by the 4th Brigade of the Nigerian Army.
The offences of the suspects include robbery, kidnapping, oil bunkering and pipeline vandalisation.
Among items recovered were firearms; 1, 600 rounds of ammunitions; 119 cartridges; 100 Cotonou boats; arm-propelled surface-to-air missile; General Purpose Machine Guns; 40 horse power out-board engines; three parcels of dynamite; 18 Rounds of 7.62mm Special X parcel of dynamite and two rolls of electric cables.
The Army said it had, within the period under review, destroyed over 2000 illegal makeshift “refineries”, where crude oil is “refined”.
The governor expressed gratitude to the soldiers for, “sacrifices and determination you have demonstrated over the years in our joint effort to ensure our society is free from criminals, robbers and kidnappers, and free from all merchants of death and evil. Without the support, we would not have put up Operation Thunder Storm in carrying out raids on these criminals who would have rendered this part of the country ungovernable.”
“I believe you need every support and every encouragement to continue to send the message across to criminals regardless of their location that Edo State, and by extension, Delta State, will not be a haven for men of the underworld,” he said.
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