Nigerian Army Strikes Hard Against Criminal Elements in Anambra, Oyo, and Katsina States

The Nigerian Army's recent successes stem from intensified efforts targeting terrorists and associated crimes, resulting in the arrest of key suspects and the seizure of dangerous weapons and illicit materials

In a series of coordinated operations across several Nigerian states, the Nigerian Army has achieved significant victories against criminal elements, dealing decisive blows to kidnapping syndicates and terrorists.

The operations, which spanned Anambra, Oyo, and Katsina States, underscore the military’s ongoing commitment to combating insecurity and restoring peace across the nation.


According to a statement from the Nigerian Army, the recent successes are attributed to intensified efforts aimed at neutralizing terrorist activities and associated crimes.

These efforts yielded substantial results, including the apprehension of key suspects and the recovery of dangerous weapons and illicit materials.

In Anambra State, troops apprehended two members linked to the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB) and its militant wing, the Eastern Security Network (ESN).

Identified as Ifeanyi Godwin and Uche Onuoha, the suspects were found in possession of pump-action rifles, cartridges, and a handheld radio.

Investigations revealed their involvement in various criminal activities, including kidnapping, highlighting the nexus between armed groups and organized crime in the region.

Similarly, in Oyo State, the military conducted a targeted raid on the residence of Bello Chikidawoje, a notorious kidnap kingpin. During the operation, troops recovered AK-47 rifles, magazines, and a cache of ammunition believed to be used in violent criminal activities.


Efforts are currently underway to apprehend Chikidawoje and dismantle his criminal network, which has reportedly terrorized local communities.

In Katsina State, responding to a distress call, Nigerian Army personnel recovered empty AK-47 magazines, indicative of recent militant activity in the area.

Additionally, in a separate operation, security forces successfully neutralized a terrorist and seized an AK-47 rifle along with ammunition, further disrupting armed insurgent activities in the region.

These operations exemplify the resolute determination of Nigerian security forces to root out criminal elements and safeguard communities from the menace of terrorism and violent crime.

The Nigerian Army emphasized the crucial role of public support in enhancing operational effectiveness, urging citizens to remain vigilant and report suspicious activities to authorities promptly.

The recent successes in Anambra, Oyo, and Katsina States mark significant milestones in the ongoing efforts to enhance national security and stability.

With continued collaboration between security agencies and local communities, the Nigerian Army remains steadfast in its mission to create a safer environment for all Nigerians, combatting insecurity at its roots and ensuring lasting peace across the country.

As the operations continue, the Nigerian Army reassures the public of its unwavering commitment to maintaining law and order, pledging to sustain momentum in tackling criminal elements and securing Nigeria’s territorial integrity.


This article was created using automation technology and was thoroughly edited and fact-checked by one of our editorial staff members

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