The Nigerian Army has revealed that it has recovered the AK47 assault rifles and uniforms which belonged to DSP Mohammed Alkali and his police orderly who were both allegedly beheaded by cultists last month.
The policemen were murdered on 10th December 2016 by suspected cultist at Omoku, Ogba, Egbema, Ndoni Local Government Area of Rivers State during the re-run elections for legislative seats in the State.
Speaking to newsmen in Port Harcourt on Sunday, Major Gen. Kasimu Abdulkarim, the General Officer Commanding (GOC), 6 Division, Port Harcourt, said that
troops from the Division had recovered the said items after carrying out a raid on four militant camps and cultist’s hideouts in Ujju community near Omoku.
According to the Major, the Army had also recovered all sorts of arms and ammunitions which were hidden by the cultists operating in the area.
“Ogba/Egbema/Ndoni Local Government Area has over time witnessed criminal acts ranging from attacks on critical national infrastructure and brutal murder which affected economic activities of oil companies and citizens.
“The barbaric nature and manner of criminalities led the 6 Division to conduct a raid on December 31 on four suspected criminal camps located across the River, in Ujju community.
“In the raid, 6 Division troops in conjunction with Operation Delta Safe Special Boats Service and air component, engaged the suspected criminals in exchange of gunfire.”
“Troops later arrested some suspects and recovered several weapons, ammunitions and uniforms, including uniforms and rifle belonging DSP Mohammed Alkali and his orderly, Sgt. Urukwu Nwachukwu.”
“Our forces also recovered one AK47 rifle, two G3 rifles, five Double Barrel guns, two pistols, 31 empty AK47 magazines, 242 rounds of 7.62mm NATO ammunition.”
“Others are, 322 rounds of other ammunition calibres, bulletproof jackets, seven other police uniforms, 31 handsets, Automated Teller Machine Cards (ATM) and a First Aid box,” the General said.
Major General Abdulkarim went on to say that the clean-up operation being undertaken by the army is being carried out in a bid to reclaim more dangerous weapons from cultists, militants and armed bandits who have thus far refused the amnesty being offered by the State government.