Breaking: Nigerian Soldiers Storm Bandits’ Hideout in Benue, Kill 5

Breaking: Nigerian Soldiers Storm Bandits’ Hideout in Benue, Kill 5

- A community in Benue state, Anune in Makurdi LGA, was attacked by suspected bandits

- Troops of the Nigerian soldiers, however, stormed the hideouts where the bandits retreated and killed five of them

- Some operatives of the Nigerian police have to the Benue community to forestall further breakdown of law and order

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Soldiers of Operation Whirl Stroke (OPWS) have killed five armed bandits who attacked a community in Makurdi local government area of Benue state, Daily Trust reported.

The newspaper stated the soldiers raided the bandits’ hideouts within the borders of Benue and Nasarawa states on Saturday, April 17.

Nigerian Soldiers Storm Bandits’ Hideout in Benue Community, Kill 5
Nigerian soldiers reportedly killed five bandits in their Benue hideout on Saturday, April 17. Photo credit: HQ Nigerian Army
Source: Facebook gathers that the bandits had earlier attacked Anune villagers, a rural community in the outskirts of Makurdi LGA, and allegedly killed unspecified numbers of people.

A witness said a military helicopter was seen hovering around the affected village between 9am and 10am on Saturday just as soldiers and police moved around in trucks.

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The witness added that the security operatives drove into the forest area where the alleged bandits had earlier retreated and that before long, the soldiers’ were seen returning with at least five dead bodies of the suspected bandits.

Meanwhile, the spokesperson of the police command in Benue state, DSP Catherine Anene, has confirmed the attack on Anune village but did not state if there was any casualty, Daily Sun also reported.

Anene said a team of police officers has been deployed to the area to forestall further breakdown of law and order.

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Meanwhile, northern governors have asked the acting Inspector General of Police (IGP), Usman Alkali, to make the country safe. The chairman of the forum, Simon Lalong, made the call on Saturday, April 10, in a congratulatory message to the new police boss.

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Lalong in a statement through his spokesperson, Makut Macham, said Alkali deserves the new role considering his track record of service to the nation.

He promised that governors from the region will give the necessary support to the acting police IGP.

In other news, four bandit leaders on Thursday, April 8, said they have denounced their illegal activities in Katsina state and surrendered 45 rustled cattle, two General Purpose machine guns, 24 AK 47 assault rifles, 109 GMPG ammunition, 95 7.62MM Live Ammunition, among others.

The bandit leaders were identified as Sale Turwa, Mani Turwa, Ado Sarki, and Sani Mai-Daji.

Parading them before the press, the Katsina commissioner of police, CP Sanusi Buba explained that their surrender is part of the Katsina police command’s effort in the ongoing onslaught against criminality in the state.


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