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Troops arrest 14 armed bandits in Nasarawa, Benue, Kaduna, recover ammunition

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Military’s operation, code-named Operation Whirl Stroke (OPWS), has arrested 10 suspects for armed banditry and kidnapping in Benue and Nasarawa states.

The Force Commander of OPWS, Maj.-Gen. Adeyemi Yekini, who paraded eight of the suspects before newsmen at the OPWS Headquarters in Makurdi at the weekend, said that five of the suspects were arrested in Toto and Awe local councils of Nasarawa State while five others were arrested in Benue State.

Yekini said that one of the suspects was shot dead during an exchange of gun-duel with troops at Zaki-Biam in Ukum Local Council of Benue State during which an AK-47 rifle was recovered from him.

He also said that three out of the four other suspects arrested in Zaki Biam were linked with the wanted militia leader, Terwase Akwaza, alias ‘Gana’ while another suspect was nabbed in Tomata area of the state with a locally-made rifle fabricated to fire 5.56mm ammunition, which is a standard ammunition for assault rifles.

Also, in a statement by Deputy Director, Public Relations, 1 Division, Nigerian Army, Col. Ezindu Idimah, troops of 1 Division, Nigerian Army, have neutralised five bandits and arrested four others in two separate operations in Chikun and Igabi local councils of Kaduna State.

The troops also rescued four kidnapped victims and recovered dangerous weapons during their operations in the two local councils.

Idimah said that troops dislodged the bandits’ camp in Dagu village in Igabi Local Council following credible information.

However, an All Progressives Congress (APC) member of the House of Representatives, Ibrahim All-Mustapha Aliyu, has commended the efforts of Governor Aminu Waziri Tambuwal to end the bandit attacks in some parts of Sokoto State through negotiations.

Aliyu, who spoke while fielding questions from newsmen in Sokoto yesterday, expressed the hope that the efforts would bring lasting peace to the troubled areas.

He noted that the bandits always come through the borders to launch their attacks and go back after committing mayhem.

The lawmaker welcomed the suspension of the RUGA settlement programme but said that the idea should not be completely jettisoned because of its immense benefits to the nation.

He said that the Federal Government should go ahead and implement it in those states that had provided the land, saying that others would likely embrace the system when they see the success in those states.


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