Troops recover arms, stolen cows in Kaduna, Plateau
Military attacks on camps of militia men in Kaduna and Plateau States have led to the recovery of arms and stolen livestock, Director of Defence Information Major General Olukolade said yesterday.
In a statement on behalf of the Joint Information Centre on Counter Terrorism Campaign, General Olukolade said the military arrested three wounded armed men in operations in Dahia Luka and Mekera in Plateau and Kaduna states.
He said some of the armed men were killed in the encounter, while over 90 cows and 45 sheep believed to have been rustled were recovered in addition to weapons.
“Another 50 cows have also been recovered from rustlers who attacked herdsmen in another location… The recovered cows have been handed over to the traditional rulers in the area while the arrested armed men are still being interrogated,” Gen. Olukolade said.
He also said the herdsmen who were wounded by the rustlers are being treated, while six rifles, 25 dane guns and 10 locally fabricated pistols as well as four revolvers were recovered at communities in Kaduna and Plateau state.
General Olukolade cautioned traditional rulers in the areas against shielding or harboring armed gangs in their domain.
He noted that “Armed gangs have been engaging troops in gun battle as the forests are being combed for remnant of criminal elements who have been wreaking havoc in various communities of the North Central.”
“Cordon and search of identified locations have also continued. In the process, various rifles parts as well as empty ammunition boxes were recovered in Shendam, Yelwa and the house of a suspected arms dealer at the border between Plateau and Taraba States,” Olukolade said.
He also said counter terrorists’ campaign in the North East has continued in series of encounters as identified make-shift camps of the terrorists are being dislodged in the ongoing air and land raids in forest and mountain locations.
General Olukolade explained that, “Armed terrorists have however continued to carry out snap attacks on travellers on highways especially between MaiduguriDamboa as well as Gwoza-Bama highways.”
He said others make occasional attacks on surrounding villages, looting food items while some have been attacking soft targets in Borno and Yobe States, said to be in retaliation for casualties suffered in their camps as a result of land and air assaults.
From left: Speaker House of Representatives Aminu Waziri Tambuwal, Vice-President Namadi Sambo and Sultan of Sokoto, Alhaji Muhammad Sa’ad Abubakar, launching the Golden Jubilee Almanac of Jama’atu Nasril Islam (JNI), during the group’s 50th anniversary in Kaduna yesterday.