Troops clear Benue of armed gangs, says DHQ

Daily Trust - - NEWS - By Ron­ald Mu­tum

Se­cu­rity forces de­ployed to ad­dress de­te­ri­o­rat­ing se­cu­rity sit­u­a­tion in the north cen­tral zone have cleared camps of armed gangs in three lo­cal govern­ment ar­eas of Benue state and arms re­cov­ered in Plateau state, De­fence In­for­ma­tion Di­rec­tor Ma­jor Gen­eral Chris Oluko­lade said yes­ter­day.

The troops have re­stored nor­malcy in Guma, Gwer West and Agatu Lo­cal Govern­ment Ar­eas of Benue state, Gen­eral Oluko­lade in a state­ment.

He said: “Some ar­rests and re­cov­er­ies have been made in the process,” ex­plain­ing that the ‘Oper­a­tion Re­store Peace’ mis­sion has also re­sulted in the de­struc­tion of mil­i­tant camps, ar­rests as well as re­cov­ery of arms in Shen­dam area of Plateau State.”

Oluko­lade said: “2 AK 47 ri­fles were re­cov­ered af­ter an en­counter with troops of Spe­cial Task Force and the armed gangs in their en­claves in Shi­manker in Plateau State.”

He fur­ther stated that, “in Kaduna State, mil­i­tants camps in Lad­duga near Kachia were de­stroyed while arms were equally re­cov­ered in Mai­gungume Hills in Niger State.”

In a sep­a­rate state­ment, Gen. Oluko­lade said re­tired of­fi­cers of the Nige­rian Armed Forces have of­fered to sup­port the fight against ter­ror­ism in the coun­try.

The re­tired of­fi­cers made the of­fer when they vis­ited the Chief of De­fence Staff (CDS), Air Mar­shal Alex Badeh in Abuja yes­ter­day.

The del­e­ga­tion led by Air Com­modore Michael Ek­were (Rtd) of­fered “to act as a force mul­ti­plier for the Armed Forces in the fight against in­sur­gency in the coun­try.”

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