Troops re­cover arms, stolen cows in Kaduna, Plateau

Daily Trust - - NEWS - By Ron­ald Mu­tum

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.

PHOTO: SHEHU K. GORO

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.

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