By Lazarus Zakaa, Abuja.
In a bid to end armed banditry, cattle rustling and other sundry crimes in the North-Central zone, troops of Operation WHIRL STROKE have arrested 4 armed bandits and recovered arms and ammunition during two daring raids at identified bandits’ camps.
This was contained in a statement released by the Coordinator, Defence Media Operations, Maj. Gen. John Enenche on Monday in Abuja.
General Enenche revealed that, in one of the operations conducted on 6 September 2020, troops of Operation WHIRL STROKE deployed at Guma in Benue State and Keana in Nasarawa State, conducted a dawn raid at identified armed bandits’ camp at Guma forest along the Benue-Nasarawa border following actionable intelligence reports on the location of the camp.
He said the troops adopt an aggressive posture and profile, and stormed the location engaging the bandits in a firefight, overwhelming them with superior fire.
” In the process, troops neutralized one bandit while others fled with gunshot wounds into the forest.
The statement also said, Troops recovered one AK-47 rifle, one AK-47 rifle magazine, one locally made pistol and 3 mobile phones at the scene while the camp was subsequently destroyed.
“Similarly, troops of Sector 1 deployed at Gagbe in Gwer West Local Government Area of Benue State conducted another dawn raid on another suspected armed bandits’ hideout at Tse Agi in the general area.
“The gallant troops stormed the hideout and apprehended 4 suspects at the scene while one AK 47 rifle, 2 AK-47 rifle magazines and 46 rounds of 7.62 mm special ammunition were also recovered at the location.
“The hideout was subsequently destroyed while the suspects are currently being profiled after which they will be handed over to the appropriate prosecuting agency for further action”, he said.
The Military High Command appreciates the general public for their cooperation in providing credible information which has so far facilitated the successes of the operations.
The Armed Forces of Nigeria assures that these offensives against the common enemies of this Nation will not cease until normalcy is restored to all the troubled zones of the Country.