Seven suspected criminals, who took part in kidnappings, armed robberies and pipeline vandalism in Ikorodu, Arepo and Ibafo areas of Lagos and Ogun states, have been arrested by the police.
It was gathered that the suspects, who fled their camps when security operatives launched offensives against their activities, were apprehended in Edo State, where they had gone to regroup.
Sources disclosed that the suspects, who were identified as Alawei Isaac, Ganpaei Amos Yieden, Abeniko Alfred, Luke Foroijoh a.k.a. Oluku, Bebetebe Akowe, Daniel Ezekiel and Pawpaw Worimegbe, were rounded up by operatives of the Inspector General of Police Special Intelligence
Response Team, IRT, following a directive of the IG, Ibrahim Idris, who ordered that fleeing militants from Lagos and Ogun states should be trailed and arrested.
It was further gathered that the IRT operatives, led by Abba Kyari, got intelligence report indicating that the regrouping militants were perfecting plans to rob three commercial banks and also kidnap a woman from a wealthy family in Edo State.
A source, who spoke with Vanguard on condition of anonymity, said that the militants had made statements and that they were mainly from Arogbo in Ondo State, but fled to Edo because they learned that security operatives had flooded Ese-Odo Local Government Area of Ondo State, waiting for them.