Eight members of a cult were reportedly captured in a raid undertaken by troops from the 16th Brigade during Exercise Still Waters III in the Oloibiri oil field in the Otuabagi community in the Ogbia Local Government Area of Bayelsa State.
One Beretta pistol, one locally made double-barreled pistol, five rounds of 9mm ammunition, three live cartridges, one Baofeng communication radio, one binocular, two mobile phones, and substances suspected to be cannabis were recovered, according to a statement released by Brig. Gen. Onyema Nwachukwu, Director of Army Public Relations, on Friday.
According to him, the suspects have been taken into prison and are being interrogated further.
According to Nwachukwu’s statement, “Similarly, troops of 4 Brigade on Exercise Still Waters III on October 18, 2023, reacted to a distress call by a law-abiding citizen who reported a kidnapping incidence at Obagie community in Ikpoba Okha Local Government Area of Edo State.
Miss Blessing Uwenze was rescued by the army without delay, and two members of the kidnapping gang were apprehended for questioning.
Two semiautomatic pump-action firearms, four live cartridges, a mobile phone, and fetish items were recovered from the accused.
Nwachukwu added that the victim is back with her loved ones.