Molly Kilete, Abuja
The Defence Headquarters said the troops of Operation Whirl Stroke have raided some identified bandits’ camps in parts of Benue and Nasarawa states, killed one and arrested four on Sunday.
The coordinator, Defence Media Operations, Major General John Enenche, disclosed this in a statement yesterday in Abuja. Enenche said the operations were conducted by troops deployed at Guma in Benue and Keana in Nasarawa State.
He said that an early morning raid on bandits’ camp at Guma forest along the Benue-Nasarawa border led to the killing of one bandit, adding that others fled the area with gunshot wounds.
According to him, troops also recovered one AK-47 rifle, one AK-47 magazine, one locally made pistol and three mobile phones from the scene while the camp was subsequently destroyed.
“Similarly, troops of Sector 1 deployed at Gagbe in Gwer West Local Government Area of Benue 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, while one AK 47 rifle, two AK-47 magazines and 46 rounds of 7.62 mm special ammunition were also recovered at the location.
“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 appreciates 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 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 country,” he said.