Troops kill 4 bandits, arrest kidnap kingpins in Taraba, Benue States

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Benue Bandits

Troops of Operation Whirl Stroke deployed to Gbise, Katsina Ala LGA of Benue State and Sector four in Taraba State have conducted a joint commando raid operation in the early hours of 29 June 2020 at Rafin Kada in Wukari LGA and Yojaa in Donga LGA of Taraba State and killed four bandits.

A statement by Major General John Enenche, coordinator defence media operations defence headquarters Tuesday said the troops came in contact with suspected Tiv militias at Che Jukun village.

“The armed militia opened fire on sighting the troops who responded with superior firepower thereby neutralizing 4 of them in the process while unconfirmed number escaped with gunshot wounds,” Enenche said.

According to the statement, items recovered include; 2 locally made rifles, 55 rounds of 5.56mm ammunition, 117 rounds of 7.62mm ammunition, 3 mobile phones, 3 AK 47 magazines, 2 motorcycles, one military shirt uniform, one Peace Corps ID Card belonging to one Mr Anyor Fidelis and some charms.

In another vein, troops responded to a distress call from Zaki Biam on the activities of a notorious kidnap kingpin by name Kobo Ishor (aka “Lesser” ) an associate of late Orjondu.

“He was apprehended and currently undergoing interrogation, to be handed over to the Nigerian Police afterwards for prosecution.

“The High Command of the Armed Forces of Nigeria congratulates the gallant troops of Operation WHIRL STROKE for their dexterity and professionalism and encourages them to remain resolute in curtailing the activities of criminals in the North Central Zone of the Country,” the statement said.

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