Troops clear Benue of armed gangs, says DHQ
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.”