- Nigerian Army has vowed to track down attackers of Numa Kochu village in Nasarawa state
- The military said it has partnered with the other security agencies to bring the villains to books
- Meanwhile, local residents have arrested three people suspected to be prime suspects in the attacks
Following the Sunday, April 14 attacks on Numa Kochu village in Nasarawa state, the Nigerian Army has vowed to arrest the perpetrators and make them face the wrath of the law.
Major General Adeyemi Yekini, the commander of the Operation Whirl Stroke covering Benue, Nasarawa and Taraba states, made this known while reacting to the tragic incidents.
Yekini said the troops under the operation have been directed to work with other security agencies in the state to track down the masterminds of the attack.
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Addressing journalists in Lafia, the army commander said efforts have been renewed to restore peace in the troubled zone.
He said: “We don’t really have troops there at Akwanga as we speak but there are other security forces on the ground there.
“What we have done is to be collaborating with them. I have directed my troops to move to Akwanga and join other security forces to track down the perpetrators of this crisis, let us apprehend them so that justice can be done."
Yekini also disclosed that the military has carried out nine major successful operations in Obi, Doma, Toto and Awe local government areas of Nasarawa. He added that 37 assorted weapons including a clarion 5.56 Israeli commando assault rifle, 389 ammunition, 1 grenade and local charms were recovered from the attackers.
In the same vein, the local vigilante group said it has arrested three people suspected to be perpetrators of the crime.
Numa Kochu elder, Danjo John said the suspects were arrested after being given a chase immediately they perpetrated their evils.
He said: “I got a call from the community after the incident when I got there. The persons were already arrested by the people of the community. They told me they came and were shooting guns.
“Immediately they saw the people they started running to the bush. The people pursued them and caught them there. Now we are trying to see if we can go into the bush to get their guns."
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Legit.ng had reported that suspected gunmen attacked Numa village in Andaha community of Akwanga local government area of Nasarawa state and killed 16 Mada natives during a naming ceremony on Sunday, April 14.
While confirming the ugly incident to journalists in Akwanga, the headquarters of Akwanga local government, the senator representing Nasarawa north senatorial zone in the National Assembly, Senator Philip Aruwa Gyunka, said the celebrants made up of the father, mother and the son were killed during the attack.
Meanwhile, Governor Tanko Al-Makura of Nasarawa state has given security agencies in the state seven days to fish out perpetrators of the recent attack on Numa Kochu settlement.
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