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A yet-to-be-identified number of persons suspected to be terrorists causing havoc in parts of the country were on Tuesday nabbed by members of the Nigerian army in Lagos State.
Accorrding to reports reaching the desk of Africa Daily News, New York, the suspects who wore military camouflage and other accouterments were arrested in different parts of the state following a raid.
The suspected terrorists were reported to have been drafted by their sponsors to survey some areas in Lagos for possible attacks.
The arrests, according to reports, were made by the Department of State Service, DSS and the 81 Division of the Nigerian Army.
In an interview with journalists at the 81 Division headquarters in Kofo Abayomi, Victoria Island, the outgoing General Officer, 81 Division of the Nigerian Army, Maj. Gen. Umar Musa on Tuesday, confirmed that many arrests were made, stating that they were handed over to the Nigeria Police Force.
Maj. Gen Musa, said, ‘I can’t remember how many impersonators we have arrested. But we still have quite a large number of them.
‘When we make arrests we hand them over to the Nigeria Police to do further investigation and prosecute them because we don’t have the power to prosecute.’
Though he did not disclosed if they were bandits, he disclosed that the supplier of the army camouflage to the impersonators had also been arrested.
Meanwhile, while reacting to the recent dastardly massacre on some security forces in Shiroro, Niger State that saw to the kidnap of some Chinese expatriates, the Nigerian Army has openly decried the posting of some of the images of the soldiers who were killed by terrorists in the Ajata-Aboki, Gurmana ward in Shiroro Local Government Area of Niger State last Thursday.
The gunmen who have been identified as bandits had attacked and laid siege to the mining site in the area while killing over thirty Nigerian soldiers, seven mobile policemen and six civilians, just as scores were wounded and several others were abducted in one of many sieges in the Nigerian army.
The Army in a press statement signed by Brigadier General, Onyema Nwachukwu, Director Army Public Relations urged Nigerians to show some restraint in posting such images. He argued that those who lost their breadwinners deserved to be properly notified of the incident and not to get such information through the media.