07 September 2020 by IFEANYI OSITA
Troops of Operation WHIRL STROKE have arrested 4 armed bandits and recovered arms and ammunition during two daring raids at identified bandits’ camps in Benue and Nasarawa States.
This is contained in a statement by the Coordinator Defence Media Operations Defence Headquarters, Major General John Enenche in Abuja.
The statement notes that in one of the operations conducted on 6 September 2020, 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.
The statement explains that adopting an aggressive posture and profile, the gallant troops stormed the location and engaged the bandits in a firefight, overwhelming them with superior fire.
In the process, troops killed one bandit while others fled with gunshot wounds into the forest.
According to the statement troops also recovered one AK-47 rifle, one AK-47 rifle magazine, one locally made pistol and three mobile phones at the scene while the camp was subsequently destroyed.
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.
The gallant troops stormed the hideout and apprehended four suspects at the scene while one AK 47 rifle, two AK-47 rifle magazines and forty six rounds of 7.62 mm special ammunition were also recovered at the location.
It clarifies that 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 statement states that the Military High Command appreciates the public for their cooperation in providing credible information which has so far facilitated the successes of the operations.
The statement adds that the Armed Forces of Nigeria assures that these offensives against the common enemies of this Nation will not cease until normalcy is restored to all the troubled zones of the County.