Nigerian troops destroy militia camp in Benue


*Recover cache of ammunition

By Augustine Osayande

Nigerian Troops of Operation WHIRL STROKE made up of Sector 2 deployed in Katsina Ala, Ukum and Logo Local Government Areas of Benue state and those of Sector 4, drawn from parts of Taraba state, have destroyed a militia camp located at Anku Mbagen in Atera-Jange Torov Council Ward of Ukum Local Government Area of Benue state.

Confirming the report, Coordinator of Defence Media Operations, Defence Headquarters, Major General John Enenche, said the troops also recovered large cache cache of arms, ammunition and other items.

He said the operations were sequel to a timely and credible information received on the activities of Tiv armed militia operating around the border areas of Benue and Taraba states.

Enenche added that the militia, on sighting the troops, opened a barrage of fire on the troops.

“The Special Forces troops responded swiftly and neutralized three gang members while others abandoned their position and weapons and fled into the bush with gunshot wounds,” he said.

The Coordinator Defence Media Operations disclosed that one 81mm Mortar gun, five 60mm Commando Mortar gun, seven locally fabricated Mortar tubes guns,three SMG rifles, three Double Barrel rifles, two locally made rifles, one G3 rifle, one locally made pistol, five AK 47 magazines, 166 rounds of 7.62mm NATO ammunition, one car battery, fifteen rounds of locally-made ammunition, two bags of gun powder, nine pairs of camouflage uniforms, one generator, three motorcycles, one cellular hand set, charms and assorted hard drugs were recovered from the camp.

Enenche said there was no casualty on the side of troops.

He restated the commitment of the Armed Forces to restoring peace in all parts of the country.

The Coordinator Defence Media Operations also requested for credible information which would assist the military to rid the country of criminal elements.

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