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Troops arrest 7 bandits, destroy militia hideouts in Benue, Nasarawa (PHOTOS)

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Troops arrest 7 bandits, destroy militia hideouts in Benue, Nasarawa (PHOTOS)

The Defence Headquarters (DHQ) has said that its troops have arrested 7 bandits in a raid on their hideouts in Benue and Nasarawa States.

The Defence Headquarters disclosed this in a statement released via its Twitter account on Sunday.

According to DHQ, the bandits were arrested in a joint clearance operation involving troops of Operation WHIRL STROKE, Special Forces troops of Sector 2 deployed in Gbise and Zaki Biam in Benue State, Sector 4 from Taraba State and troops of Sector 3 deployed at Ondori in Doma LGA of Nasarawa State.

The statement reads, ”In a special operation, a combined team of Operation WHIRL STROKE,Special Forces troops of Sector 2 deployed in Gbise and Zaki Biam in Benue State and Sector 4 from Taraba State carried out a raid operation on the hideout of the wanted notorious criminal named Gana in Mtan village in Utenge Council Ward of Katsina-Ala LGA of Benue State on 16 July 2020.

”Two (2) of the gang members were neutralized and others fled with various degrees of gunshot wounds.

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”Exploitation revealed that Gana narrowly escaped death with gunshot wounds.

”Items recovered include: One (1) locally fabricated machine gun, Six (6) locally made rifles, Two (2) locally fabricated cartridge guns, One dane gun, Two revolver pistols, Two Cartridge pistols, 27 rounds of 9mm ammunition Two Motorcycles, One Camouflage shirt, One generator set, One bag of gunpowder and assorted charms. Gana’s personal belongings, other items and thatched houses were destroyed.”

It added that, ”In another development, troops of Sector 3 deployed at Ondori in Doma LGA of Nasarawa State acting on credible intelligence that a group of Bassa armed militia were planning to attack some Tiv villages over land disputes.

”Troops raided their camp located at Kpelebewa village in Rukubi area of Doma LGA of Nasarawa State.

”Troops apprehended Seven members of the Bassa militia dressed in Red shirts in the camp.

”Items recovered include One locally fabricated machine gun, Six locally fabricated rifles, Two locally fabricated cartridge guns, One Dane gun,Two revolver pistols, Two (2) Cartridge firing pistols, 57 rounds of 7.62mm special ammunition, 29 rounds of 9mm ammunition, and 22 cartridges of ammunition.

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”Other items are One dagger, poisoned bows and arrows, desert Camouflage head gears and pouch, Six phone handsets and somecharms.

”The suspects are currently undergoing interrogation to be handed over to the Nigeria Police.”

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