15 September 2020 by IFEANYI OSITA
The Armed Forces of Nigeria says troops of Operation WHIRL STROKE has recorded tremendous successes against criminal elements killing some of the bandits and arrested some suspected militia members.
This is contained in a statement by the Coordinator Defence Media Operations, Defence Headquarters, Major General John Enenche in Abuja.
The statement explains that following credible intelligence on the presence of some suspected armed herdsmen harbouring in the forest boundary between Benue and Nasarawa States troops of Sector 1 engaged the bandits with many of them escaping with gun shot wounds while their camp was subsequently destroyed.
In the same vein, following actionable intelligence on the possible hideout of remnants of late Gana’s militia elements around Adu general area in Chanchanji council ward of Takum Local Government Area of Taraba State, Troops of Sector 2 deployed at Gbise in Katsina Ala Local Government Area of Benue State in conjunction with troops of Sector 4 conducted a joint dawn raid operation on the identified hideout at Adu.
In the course of the operation, troops had contact with the armed militias who fired at troops as they closed in on their position.
The statement notes that the gallant troops swiftly responded with superior fire forcing the bandits to flee the camp in disarray into the surrounding forest.
According to the statement, in the course of the encounter, two armed militias were killed and two locally made pistols were recovered from the bandits.
Thereafter, troops carried out another raid operation on another identified armed bandits hideout at Chanchanji in Takum Local Government Area of Taraba State and Sai in Katsina Ala Local Government Area of Benue State during which three suspects namely; Saalu Igbua Terlumun, Benjamin Valentine and Milton Gbegi were arrested at Sai while Isaac Hilega aka Bawasa and Godwin Terwase were arrested at Chanchanji.
It states that the gallant troops combed the hideouts leading to the recovery of sixteen Handsets, Charms and some substances suspected to be Indian hemp.
Meanwhile, the suspects are currently undergoing preliminary investigation after which they will be handed over to the police for further action.
Currently, troops have dominated the area with fighting patrols to deter armed elements and deny them freedom of movement.
It adds that the Military High Command congratulates the gallant troops for the feats recorded and encourages them to sustain the onslaught against the criminal elements.