ABUJA – The Defence Headquarters says the troops of Operation AWATSE, have arrested a suspected member of Islamic States West Africa Province (ISWAP) in Sango Otta area of Ogun.
The Acting Director, Defence Media Operation, Brig.-Gen. Bernard Onyeuko, disclosed this while briefing newsmen on operations of the armed forces between June 18 and June 30, on Thursday in Abuja.
Sango Otta, which borders Lagos State, is base of former President, Chief Olusegun Obasanjo, and is where the famous Obasanjo Farms owned by him is located.
A report by the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) quoted Onyeuko as saying that the arrest was made during standing patrols and raid operations at strategic areas in the Majidun area, during the suspect called Mr Ibrahim Musa was apprehended.
He added that the troops had sustained operational activities to forestall activities of vandals on NNPC pipelines at Gaun, Akute, Wawa I and II and Mabgero areas.
According to him, intelligence report revealed that Ibrahim was on a mission to Lagos to acquire certain items for ISWAP’s operations in Maiduguri.
Onyeuko also disclosed that the troops acting on intelligence, arrested one Oyeshola Saheed, for illegal oil bunkering activity at Alimosho NNPC pipeline.
“However, he named one Mr Akanbi as the sponsor and financier of bunkering activities in the area.
“Both vehicles and equipment used for their operations were recovered and handed over to appropriate agency for necessary action,” he said.
The Defence spokesperson said that the Chief of Defence Staff, Gen. Lucky Irabor, had engaged with retired military generals in the Southwest as part of his non-kinetic engagements.
He said the interaction was part of efforts aimed at tracing root causes of security challenges in the country and to tap from the wealth of experience and knowledge of the retired officers and other stakeholders.