Troops Kill 3 Bandits, Arrest 2 Rice Smugglers, 36 Cultists

Three suspected bandits have met their waterloo after troops of Operation Whirl Stroke, raided a criminals’ hideout of armed militias at Tor Donga in Katsina – Ala Local Government Area, of Benue State.

They were killed by troops who fatally injured several other bandits, according to the Defence Headquarters (DHQ).

It was gathered that one locally-made pistol was also recovered during the operation.

At a media briefing, John Enenche, Coordinator of Defence Media Operations (DMO), disclosed that troops of operation Safe Haven, have raided several suspected cultists’ hideouts at Jenta Adamu, Rukuba road and West of Mines in Jos North and Jos South Local Governments of Plateau State.

The operation, he said, followed an upsurge of cultist-related activities in Jos metropolis.

“These meticulously executed raid operations, resulted in the arrest of 36 suspects (including some suspected illegal miners) and the recovery of one locally-fabricated pistol, 5 wooden saw blades, and a large amount of substances, suspected to Cannabis Sativa, amongst other items,” added Enenche, who is a Major General.

In the South South, the DMO Coordinator, said troops of Operations Calm Waters II and Swift Response have continued to record more successes, as they impounded no fewer than 774 bags of 50kg of foreign parboiled rice.

According to him, two suspected smugglers were arrested and handed over to the Nigerian Customs Service.

“A wooden boat laden with 11,375 litres of PMS was also intercepted,” Maj. Gen. Enenche said.


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