Troops bust militia gang planning attack on Tiv villages in Nasarawa

Members of the Bassa armed militia group planning to attack some Tiv villages in Nasarawa State, overland disputes have been busted by troops of Sector 3 deployed at Ondori, in Doma LGA of the State.

According to the Defence Media Operations (DMO), the troops, who were acting on credible intelligence, raided the militia gang’s camp located at Kpelebewa village, in Rukubi area of Doma LGA.

The DMO, said seven members of the Bassa militia, dressed in red shirts, were apprehended by troops at the camp.

It said that the suspects are currently undergoing interrogation, and will soon be handed over to the Nigeria Police.

The DMO, in the statement which was signed by its Coordinator, Maj. Gen. John Enenche, said items recovered include one locally fabricated machine gun, six locally fabricated rifles, two locally fabricated cartridge guns, one dane gun, two revolver pistols, two cartridge firing pistols, 57 rounds of 7.62mm special ammunition, 29 rounds of 9mm ammunition, and 22 cartridges of ammunition.

Other items are one dagger, poisoned bows and arrows, desert camouflage head gears and pouch, six phone handsets and some charms.

In a related development, Maj. Gen. Enenche, disclosed that 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 Saturday.

According to him, “Two of the gang members were neutralized and others fled with various degrees of gunshot wounds. Exploitation revealed that Gana narrowly escaped death with gunshot wounds.”

He said Gana’s personal belongings, other items and thatched houses were destroyed during the operation.

He added: “Items recovered include one locally fabricated machine gun, six locally made rifles, two 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 gun powder and assorted charms.”

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