Troops of the Nigerian Army in the ongoing Operation Crocodile Smile II in the South-South and South-West regions have arrested a bishop, Uwah Mfon, and 18 others for armed robbery, kidnapping and cult activities in different areas of Akwa Ibom State.
Punch correspondent learnt that the suspects – some of them were identified as Saviour Friday, Nsika Udoh, Akan Monday, Abak Obong and Oyobong Frank – were arrested by troops of 2 Brigade and had been handed over to the police.
The Deputy Director, Army Public Relations, and 6 Division spokesman, Colonel Aminu Iliyasu, said Mfon and the other suspects were arrested for allegedly terrorising Abak Obong, Oruk Atai and Ikot Obong areas in the Etim Ekpo Local Government Area of the state.
Iliyasu said the bishop was believed to be an alleged financier of “wanted criminals terrorising” the areas.
He said, “The increased presence of troops both on land and on waterways helped to prevent any criminal activity.
“The troops arrested Mfon on October 14. He is believed to be the financier of wanted criminals and he was arrested at Ikot Ibekwe community in the Ukanafun LGA. The suspect is volunteering information about gangs of kidnappers and cult members linked to him.”
The spokesman said more than 120,000 litres of stolen fuel was recovered from oil thieves in Rivers State.