Troops of the Nigerian Army attached to Operation Safe Conduct , created for the 2019 General Elections , have arrested three suspected political thugs in the Ilesa area of Osun State and recovered a pistol with three cartridges .
Our correspondent learnt the suspects were rounded up around 7 . 30am on Saturday at Iwajara Junction , Ilesa , while allegedly planning to disrupt the Saturday Presidential and National Assembly elections, which were later postponed nationwide .
According to the army on Sunday, the hoodlums , whose names were not given, were on a motorcycle and armed with dangerous objects as they mobilised to visit a polling unit in the Ilesa – East Local Government Area to disrupt the elections.
Reports gather learnt that other weapons recovered from the hoodlums included one cutlass and three cartridges .
The Director , Army Public Relations, Col Sagir Musa, who confirmed the arrest , said the suspects would be handed over to the police for further interrogation and prosecution.
He said , “ Troops of Operation Safe Conduct deployed to provide security for the conduct of free , fair and credible presidential and National Assembly elections on Saturday intercepted three hoodlums on a motorcycle moving towards the Ilesa – East LGA to disrupt smooth conduct of elections in that area .
“ The hoodlums were arrested and they will be handed over to the police upon completion of initial profiling and investigation . ”