- Terugwa Igbagwa alias Orjondu, "most wanted criminal kingpin in Benue", has been neutralised
- Nigerian Army said Orjondu met his waterloo during a "special commando operation" by Operation Whirl Stroke
- AK 47, locally-made gun and other dangerous weapons were recovered in what implied a breakthrough in the fight against insecurity
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Nigerian military said its troops of Operation Whirl Stroke and Special Forces of Sector 2 deployed in Zaki Biam have neutralised a criminal hideout off Zaki Biam and Katsina-Ala highway in Benue state.
In a statement by the John Enenche, coordinator of defence media operations, on Friday, May 8, the force said the "special commando operation" led to the neutralization of Terugwa Igbagwa alias Orjondu.
"It would be recalled that Orjondu is the second most wanted criminal kingpin next to Gana in Benue state.
"He was responsible for kidnapping, armed robbery, assassination, gun-running and other criminal activities around Katsina-Ala, Ukum and Logo LGA’s for many years," part of the statement read.
Items recovered from the notorious kidnapper include one AK 47 rifle, one locally made rifle, one AK 47 magazine with 30 rounds of 7.62mm special and some charms.
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Earlier, Legit.ng reported that the war against banditry got a massive boost as troops of Operation Whirl Stroke recovered large quantities of arms and ammunition from fleeing bandits in Odejo and Odogoke communities of Agatu local government area of Benue state.
This was made known in a statement on Tuesday, March 24, by Brigadier General Bernard Onyeuko, the acting director of defence media operation.
Onyeuko said during the 'deadly clashes' between men of the Nigerian Army and bandits in the two settlements, several bandits were apprehended while many fled the gun scenes living behind their ammunition.
In another related news, Nigerian Army claimed it arrested eight people suspected to be suppliers of logistics to Boko Haram terrorists in their hideouts.
The suspected Boko Haram members were nabbed by the army while they were heading to Sambisa forest and Lake Chad axis with items including fuel, vehicle spare parts, foodstuffs, and mattresses.
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