Security agents have found 22 units of Improvised Explosive Device (IED), 13 guns, 545 rounds of live ammunition and other dangerous items in a forest between Edo and Kogi.
Mike Fubura, the Kogi State Director of the State Security Service (SSS) made the disclosure while speaking with newsmen in Lokoja on Wednesday.He said other items recovered from the forest are 57 magazines, three pieces of nine-volt power source, one firing cable, four waist belts (for carrying magazines) and one black Pathfinder Sports Utility Vehicle(SUV) with registration number Lagos LF 98 AAA.Mr. Fubura who spoke to reporters in company of Gabriel Olorunyomi, the Commander, Army Headquarters Task Force Battalion, Lokoja, said that the items, except the SUV, were dug out from the forest ground.Giving a further breakdown, the director stated that the guns recovered include three pistols, one sub-machine gun and 10 AK 47 rifles.He disclosed that the IEDs comprised 8 units of anti-tank and 14 units of hand-made explosives, noting that some of the explosives were already primed for detonation.Mr. Fubura said that a combined team of the SSS, Army, Navy, Airforce and the Police personnel carried out the operation, following a tip off.He explained that some arrests were made but that their identities could not be disclosed for now so as not to jeopardise ongoing investigation into the matter.The director described the arrests and the recovery of the items as a major breakthrough in the efforts to stop activities of terrorists in the Okene area of the state.He said that some of the recovered rifles were believed to have been stolen from the police.Mr. Fubura urged residents to assist security agencies with useful information to enable them contain the activities of terrorists in the state.