Sunday, 4 December 2016

Navy Nabs 10 Robbers in Anambra, Prevent Violent Clash Between Herdsmen and Hosts

A sweeping raid by the Nigerian Navy in Anambra State, South-East Nigeria, at the weekend, led to the arrests of no fewer than 10 suspected armed robbers and an illegal oil refinery operator.
After the crackdown in the commercial town of Onitsha, the suspects were handed over to the Nigerian Police and the Civil Defence Corps, NSCDC, Vanguard reports.
Furthermore, the Navy intervened in what was brewing up to be a bloody clash between herdsmen and Odekpe community in Ogbaru Local Government Area of the state.
Commander of Onitsha Naval base, Navy Captain M Y Dahiru, confirmed the arrests in a chat with newsmen, stating that but for the quick intervention of his men following a distress call from the President-General of Iyiowa Odekpe Community, Chief Agozie Okoye, the herdsmen, who had already invaded the community with their cows destroying their crops, farmland and economic trees, were poised to wreak havoc.
“I have been able to arrest about 10 suspected armed robbers that included motorbike armed robbers, and an oil refinery operator and we have handed them over to the police and NSCDC, ” Dahiru said.
“Kidnappers, illegal dredgers, oil thieves and others who use the River Niger as their base should better leave now because we will not spare them.”
Speaking on the foiled herdsmen/Odekpe clash, Chief Okoye thanked the commander for his decisive intervention, adding that “he has shown that he is ready for criminals in the area”.