Troops Arrest 4 Bandits, Recover Arms in ‘Daring Operations’

Troops of Operation Whirl Stroke have arrested four armed bandits and recovered sophisticates ammunition during two daring raids at identified bandits’ camps.

In one of the operations conducted on 6 September 2020, Maj. Gen. John Enenche, said troops 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.

He said in a statement on Monday that the operation followed an actionable intelligence reports on the location of the camp.

“Adopting an aggressive posture and profile, the gallant troops stormed the location and engaged the bandits in a firefight, overwhelming them with superior fire,” he added.

In the process, Enenche, Coordinator of the Defence Media Operations (DMO), said troops neutralized one bandit, while others fled with gunshot wounds into the forest.

According to him, troops also recovered one AK-47 rifle, one AK-47 rifle magazine, one locally made pistol and three mobile phones at the scene while the camp was subsequently destroyed.

The DMO Coordinator, further said: “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.”

According to Enenche, the gallant troops stormed the hideout and apprehended four suspects at the scene while one AK-47 rifle, two AK-47 rifle magazines and 46 rounds of 7.62 mm special ammunition were also recovered at the location.

He said 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.

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