The Nigerian Army on Sunday says it has dismissed three soldiers arrested among a kidnapping gang in the outskirts of Maiduguri.
Maj.-Gen. Olusegun Adeniyi, the Theater Commander, Operation Lafiya Dole, disclosed this while handing over the dismissed soldiers to the police in Maiduguri.
Following the recent bad activities carried out by the soldiers Adeniyi disclosed that the soldiers were arrested with 22 other suspects by a joint patrol team in the early hours of Sunday at a building in the outskirts of Maiduguri.
This is a bad news as every soldier suppose to be trusted and as a human right protector and law enforcement agency.
During the report He also said that the soldiers were initially deployed to the Operation Lafiya Dole, but engaged in nefarious activities such as kidnapping, armed robbery, killings and cultism.
Adeniyi added that the erring soldiers were dismissed in accordance with the military procedures, warning that the army would not condone criminals in its fold.
“The three soldiers were caught among the evil group, there was further resistance and attempt to escape, so we tied them up with ropes because handcuffs were not available.
He also said that those soldiers involved in the illegal act will be seriously dealt with without a waste of time, soldiers are meant to be trusted not to be a thief or armed robbers.
Meanwhile the borno commissioner of police Mr. Muhammed Aliyu said arrested 25 suspects and made a speech that the suspects belong to a cult group called Neo Black Movement (NBM), adding that they were arrested wearing black dresses at about 2:00 a.m. while conducting their imitation activities.
He disclosed that preliminary investigations indicated that most of the suspects were students of the University of Maiduguri (UNIMAID), Ramat Polytechnic, Maiduguri, a medical doctor, a banker and three dismissed soldiers.
He further disclosed that it is a very bad trait as children sent to school by their parents to study can now engage them selves in cultism and go for a kinds of robbery living their major aim why their parents sent them to school which is to study.
Aliyu added that one of the suspects fired shot in the air and run when the patrol team stormed the hideout.
He said the suspects had been terrorizing residents of Maiduguri and its environs and were involved in robbing filling stations.
The commissioner revealed that the command had recovered calabashes, a 25-liter keg containing reasonable quantity of red substance suspected to be human blood and charms.
The government of borno state has also made a plan and vowed to make sure they arrested everyone involved in the illegal act, they also said that the state government of borno will work on eradication of cultism in the state and also make a strong law against cultism.
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