By Gom Mirian, Abuja
The Military High Command has said troops of Operation Whirl Stroke have succeeded in killing two armed militia, whom are said to be remnants of late Gana’s militia elements in Taraba State, arrested 4 suspects in Benue State.
In a statement made available to newsmen Tuesday in Abuja by the coordinator, Defence Media Operations, Maj.
Enenche, explained that the operation was conducted following actionable intelligence adding, troops had contact with the armed militias who fired at troops as they closed in on their position.
He added that the troops swiftly responded with superior fire, which led to the killing of two militias, forcing others to flee the camp in disarray into the surrounding forest.
“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,” Enenche added
According to him, items recovered from the criminals include 2 locally made pistols, 16 Handsets, Charms and some substances suspected to be Indian hemp.
Enenche said the suspects are currently undergoing preliminary investigation after which they will be handed over to the police for further action.
He added that currently, troops have dominated the area with fighting patrols to deter armed elements and deny them freedom of movement.
Enenche also said following credible intelligence on the presence of some suspected armed herdsmen harbouring in the forest boundary between Benue and Nasarawa States on September 14, troops of Sector 1 engaged the bandits at first light with many of them escaping with gunshot wounds. Their camp was subsequently destroyed.