Lagos - The GOC, 81 Division, Nigerian Army, Maj.-Gen. Obi Umahi, said on Wednesday that 1 492 suspected criminals were arrested in the division since he assumed office on Feb. 8.
Addressing a conference to mark the Nigerian Army Day celebration in Lagos, Umahi said acts of criminality and lawlessness had "tremendously reduced'' in the division following increased proactive security measures adopted by the army.
He said that Operation MESA, Quick Response Group (QRG) and the Anti-terrorist Operations routine patrol had yielded positive results in Lagos and Ogun states.
"OP MESA has had 18 operations and made a total of 1 361 arrests; QRG has recorded 115 arrests with eight operations, while anti-terrorists Ops has recorded 15 suspects and a kidnapper," he said.
On the number of equipment seized, Umahi added that the anti-terrorist operations seized materials including 14 IEDs, 13 Ak47 magazines with 30 rounds each, packets of explosives construction pipes, live ammunitions and a Golf car.
The GOC ssid that the division had been working with other security agencies in Lagos State in carrying out some operations, adding that Lagos would continue to lead other states in terms of peace.
Umahi, however, sought the cooperation of the media in the interest of the nation, adding that the press was equally a stakeholder in the Nigerian project.
On the programmes outlined to mark the Army Day, the GOC announced that there would be a special Juma'at service and Tambola on Friday, while a special Christian inter-denomination service would hold on Sunday.