Nigeria Army arrests 399 suspects in Lagos, Ogun

The Nigerian Army on Saturday said no fewer than 399 suspects were arrested for various offences during the Exercise Crocodile Smile 2 in Lagos and Ogun states.

The 35 Artillery Brigade Commander, Brig. Gen. Bassey Adonkie, disclosed this at the closing ceremony of the Crocodile Smile 2 held at 192 Battalion, Ajilete, Ogun State.

He said the Crocodile Smile 2 was aimed at flushing out pipeline vandals, kidnappers, and miscreants.

“The exercise led to the arrest of suspects including armed robbers and kidnappers.

“So far, a total of 399 suspects were arrested for different offences across as the South-West region and handed over to various security agencies concerned.

“In addition, 20 assorted arms were recovered, while illicit drugs were also recovered and handed over to the National Drug Law Enforcement Agency,” the News Agency of Nigeria quoted him to have said.

The Chief of Army Staff, Lt. Gen. Tukur Buratai, who was represented by the Chief of Training and Operations, Maj. Gen. David Ahmadu, on the occasion, said the exercise leveraged on the gains of the Crocodile Smile 1.

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