- Chief Utambe Adzer, the district head of Cha in Ukum LGA of Benue state believed to be harboring illegal arms has been arrested
- Troops of Operation Whirl Stroke stormed the palace of the district head based on an intelligence report
- Items recovered from the traditional ruler include one Ak47 assault rifle, one mag, 20 rounds of 7.62mm ammunition, one vehicle, among others
Troops of Operation Whirl Stroke (OPWS) have arrested the district head of Cha (Mue Ter Cha), H R H Chief Utambe Adzer for allegedly being in the possession of illegal weapons.
Nigerian Tribune citing military sources, reports that the soldiers stormed the palace of two traditional rulers in Ukum local government area of Benue state on Saturday, April 24, based on intelligence reports.
While Adzer was nabbed the second district head, Chief Teran Kwanghbo was said to have escaped through the backdoor of his palace when he learned that his colleague had been arrested.
According to Daily Trust, some arms and ammunition recovered during the raid on the monarch's home include one Ak47 assault rifle, one mag, 20 rounds of 7.62mm ammunition, one locally made mortar tube, and one vehicle.
A local source who identified himself as Kajo confirmed that some soldiers were sighted at the palace of Mue Ter Cha.
The local source who identified himself as Kajo said that people of the area were surprised to see soldiers in the community who arrested their Chief.
Brigadier General Clement Apere, the force commander of OPWS, declined to comment saying he couldn’t speak on operations yet to be concluded.
Earlier, Legit.ng reported that soldiers of Operation Whirl Stroke (OPWS) killed five armed bandits who attacked a community in Makurdi local government area of Benue state.
The soldiers raided the bandits’ hideouts within the borders of Benue and Nasarawa states on Saturday, April 17.
The bandits had earlier attacked Anune villagers, a rural community in the outskirts of Makurdi LGA, and allegedly killed unspecified numbers of people.
Ortom alleged that the attitude of the Nigerian government towards the activities of armed herdsmen and bandits demonstrates complicity in the killings and kidnappings.
The governor also claimed that their actions and inactions have demonstrated that they accept what the suspects are doing.