Troops neutralise armed bandits, recover arms in Benue, Nasarawa States

The troops of Operation WHIRL STROKE have arrested 4 armed bandits and recovered arms and ammunition during two raids at identified bandits’ camps in North central Nigeria.

This is In continuation of the aggressive kinetic operations against armed banditry, cattle rustling and other sundry crimes in the North-Central zone.

The Coordinator, Defence Media Operations, Major General John Enenche said in one of the operations conducted, that troops of Operation WHIRL STROKE deployed at Guma in Benue State and Keana in Nasarawa State, conducted a dawn raid at identified armed bandits’ camp at Guma forest along the Benue-Nasarawa border following actionable intelligence reports on the location of the camp.

According to him, adopting an aggressive posture and profile, “the gallant troops stormed the location and engaged the bandits in a firefight, overwhelming them with superior fire.”

Enenche said in the process, “troops neutralised one bandit while others fled with gunshot wounds into the forest”.

‘Troops also recovered one AK-47 rifle, one AK-47 rifle magazine, one locally made pistol and 3 mobile phones at the scene while the camp was subsequently destroyed”, he said.

Similarly, troops of Sector 1 deployed at Gagbe in Gwer West Local Government Area of Benue State conducted another dawn raid on another suspected armed bandits’ hideout at Tse Agi in the general area.

He noted that the troops stormed the hideout and apprehended 4 suspects at the scene while one AK 47 rifle, 2 AK-47 rifle magazines and 46 rounds of 7.62 mm special ammunition were also recovered at the location.

The Coordinator said “the hideout was subsequently destroyed while the suspects are currently being profiled after which they will be handed over to the appropriate prosecuting agency for further action.”

The Military High Command has appreciated the general public for their cooperation in providing credible information which has so far facilitated the successes of the operations.

The Armed Forces of Nigeria assured citizens that these offensives against the common enemies of the nation will not cease until normalcy is restored to all the troubled zones of the Country.



Source: Voice of Nigeria