Persons suspected to be bandits have been arrested by security agencies in Lagos State, the outgoing General Officer Commanding 81 Division of the Nigerian Army, Major General Umar Musa has revealed.
According to Musa, some of the arrests were made by the Department of State Service (DSS) and the 81 Division of the Nigerian Army,
Musa disclosed this on Tuesday during the handover ceremony, adding that the Division arrested many impersonators while he was GOC 81 Div.
Though he did not state if they were bandits, he disclosed that the supplier of the army camouflage to the impersonators had also been arrested.
In an interview with journalists at the 81 Division headquarters in Kofo Abayomi, Victoria Island, 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.
“There has been progress to clamp down the sources of these uniforms and accoutrement. We had one suspect who had been in our place for quite some time. He also has been handed over to the DSS which will do further investigation and prosecute him. The Nigeria Customs Service is also doing a lot in this regard”.
The GOC, who appreciated the Chief of Army Staff for giving him the opportunity to serve as GOC 81 Division, hinted that the division under his watch was able to surmount the challenges encountered.
He, however, urged Nigerians to see the war against insurgency as all-inclusive and not just for the Nigerian Army.
He said: “You are all aware of how threats have taken over the country. We as the Army are doing our best to ensure we curtail all these activities. I want to assure civilians that the Nigerian Army is doing its best to ensure the country remains peaceful”