At least 14 suspects using fake military uniforms to carry out criminal activities in Onitsha, Anambra State and its environs have been arrested.
The suspects were nabbed by the Anambra State Joint Enforcement Team of Operation Clean and Healthy Anambra, Ocha Brigade.
Disclosing this on Friday, the Managing Director of Ocha Brigade, Celestine Anere told newsmen that his men nabbed the suspects on Thursday across various locations in Onitsha.
Speaking further, the MD narrated that the arrested suspects had over time robbed and harassed innocent residents.
He added that they also forcefully extorting money from motorists and passers-by in the area.
According to Anere, who was quoting some of the suspects in their custody, they stole phones, bags and valuables from innocent residents.
In addition, he explained that some of them have admitted to using hard drugs and gathering intelligence for their criminal counterparts.
He said, “Operation Clean and Healthy Anambra, Ocha Brigade, has previously arrested and prosecuted some of the hoodlums in similar cases and will continue to sanitise the state from criminals and drug syndicates.
“The effort to rid the state of criminal elements is in line with the mandate of the state government’s clean, healthy, livable and prosperous homeland. Let’s secure our state from criminal elements. We also appealed to the public to call the customer service lines provided for emergencies and inquiries.”