28 soldiers wandering the streets were arrested in Lagos on Thursday, July 25, 2013, according to the Military Police.
According to Maj. Oyegoke Badamosi, spokesman for the 9 Brigade, Nigerian Army, Ikeja Cantonment, the soldiers were arrested by the military police attached to 'Operation Checkmate' in order to curb misconduct and unauthorised movement of personnel in the city.
He added that the operation was aimed at checkmating soldiers who go about without staying at their duty posts.
He further stated those arrested had been released after confirmation from their offices that they were genuine personnel.
The operation will be a daily routine, extending to other parts of the state to enable the military authority to continue to enforce armed forces rules on erring personnel.
An eyewitness narrated that the soldiers were arrested around Onipanu and Palm Grove areas of Lagos: "Military police arrested soldiers on Ikorodu Expressway."
Another eyewitness said motorists and pedestrians panicked during the arrest.