The Nigerian Army said it arrested seven suspected Militants in its raid on some militants’ camps in Ijaw communities in Edo State.
It denied reports that its personnel invaded Ajakurama community in Ovia South-West Local Government Area of the state on the invitation of an ex-militant, identified as one Ejuene Peres.
A press statement issued by spokesman of the 4 Brigade Nigerian Army, Captain Mohammed Maidawa, said the suspects were arrested during a joint Operation with other security agencies in Ekehuan axis.
Captain Maidawa explained that its personnel received credible intelligence which revealed a concentration of militant camps regrouping in the community “as a result of an onslaught by troops of the Operation Crocodile Smile”.
According to the statement, “Our troops acting on credible intelligence which revealed the concentration of militants in Ajakurama in wooden shelters brandishing weapons. The intelligence report also revealed that different militants camps were regrouping as a result of the onslaught by troops of Operation crocodile smile II thereby making Ajakurama a safe heaven for militants.
“Following the discovery, a cordon and search was conducted . During the operation, a militants camp including two building belonging to one Mr Felix Idowu , militant leader was destroyed. The troops also cordoned and search a building and shrine belonging to one Mr Godwin Bamu who was alleged to be fortifying militants by charms.
“Another militants camps was destroyed in Ubaogolo Creek off Benin River. During the operations several items were recovered at the Ubaogolo creek used as kidnappers den. The items include ammunitions, military uniforms and charms among other items.
“In a joint military operations with other security agencies destroyed a militant camp at Ekenhuan, Benin City. The operation led to the arrest of 7 suspected militants . Preliminary investigation revealed that 3 of the suspects confessed to be ex militants of underdog militant Camp.”