The Nigeria Army has disclosed that its troops killed a notorious cult leader, Akaninyene Jumbo, on January 15, at Inyih village, a border town between Akwa Ibom and Abia states.
This was disclosed in a statement by the Brigade Assistant Director of Information, Umar Shuaib, on Tuesday, in Uyo, the Akwa Ibom State capital.
He said, “The gallant troops of 2 Brigade Nigerian Army had on Monday 15 January 2018 acting on tipoff trailed a notorious cultist and renowned killer Akaninyene Jumbo Uko Alias Isopafit at Inyih village, a border town between Akwa Ibom and Abia states.
“The culprit was known for terrorising the inhabitants of Ukanafun Local government Area in Akwa Ibom State.
“He perpetrated the killings of two Nigerian Police personnel and a Truck driver in Ukanafun local government area on 17 November last year.
“Also masterminded the killing of a commissioner’s sister and two others in Ikot Oko Osun community in Ukunafun local government area on 19 November 2017.”
It was disclosed further that after the first operation, the troops received an intelligence and raided the hideout of other syndicate at Ikpe village in Eton Ekpo Local Government Area on January 16.
The troops engaged the hoodlums and killed two members, Aniebet Effiong Udoh and Thankgod Friday Osiokpaphi, who are the second in command to the leader. Other cult members, however, escaped with gunshots wounds.
Some items recovered from the suspects included one pump action gun, two locally made short guns, 13 live cartridges, eight expended cartridges, two dane guns and two cutlasses.
The Commander, 2 Brigade Nigerian Army, Abdu Hassan, said that the command was working round the clock to protect lives and property, urging members of the public to always report criminal activities to the security agencies.