Troops neutralise armed bandits in Benue, recover arms

Troops neutralise armed bandits in Benue, recover arms

- Some suspected armed bandits met their waterloo in the hands of Nigerian troops in Benue

- In a successful onslaught in two LGAs, two of the bandits were arrested and others neutralised

- In another operation, the Nigerian troops in Benue also raided late Gana's group and arrested members

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In an onslaught against the banditry in the country, the Nigerian troop said it has neutralised some suspected armed bandits and recovered arms in Benue state.

According to a statement released by Major General John Enenche, the coordinator of Defence media operation, the successful operation was carried out by the Operation Whirl Stroke on Monday, December 21.

Enenche said the operation was launched after credible intelligence gathering, with the Nigerian troop responding to report on the presence of the armed bandits who had been linked to the recent killing i Makurdi, Benue state capital.

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Troops neutralise armed bandits in Benue, recover arms
The Nigerian troops have neutralised armed bandits in Benue, with arms recovered. Credit:@DefenceInfoNG
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"Troops swiftly mobilized to the identified location where they had contact and engaged the criminals in firefight. During the encounter, troops overwhelmed the bandits and killed one of them, while others fled with various degrees of gunshot wounds.
"Troops recovered an AK-47 rifle and a magazine loaded with 4 rounds of 7.62mm Special Ammunition from the criminal elements."

In another operation, the defence media coordinator said troops deployed in Benue and Taraba states carried out a raid operation following intelligence report on activities of remnants of the late Gana’s militia gangs in parts of katsina-Ala local government area.

"While conducting a thorough combing of the hideout, troops arrested 2 of the armed bandits with their arms. The arrested bandits have been handed over to appropriate prosecuting agency for further action."

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The traditional ruler made this known on Sunday, December 20, when he paid a condolence visit to Emir of Kaura-Namoda Alhaji Sanusi Muhammad Asha following bandits' attack on his convoy.

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