By Augustine Osaynde
Troops of “Operation WHIRL STROKE” have arrested 4 bandits and recovered arms and ammunition during two raids on identified bandits’ camps in Guma Local Government Area of Benue State and Keana Local Government Area of Nasarawa State.
Confirming the report, Coordinator, Defence Media Operations, Defence Headquarters, Major General John Enenche, said in one of the operations conducted on 6 September 2020, troops of “Operation WHIRL STROKE” deployed in Guma in Benue State and Keana in Nasarawa State conducted a dawn raid at identified bandits’ camp at Guma forest along the Benue-Nasarawa boundaries, following actionable intelligence reports on the location of the camp.
He said adopting an aggressive posture and profile, the troops stormed the location and engaged the bandits in a firefight, overwhelming them with superior fire.
Coordinator, Defence Media Operations, said in the process, troops neutralized one bandit while others fled with gunshot wounds into the forest.
He said the troops also recovered one AK-47 rifle, one AK-47 rifle magazine, one locally-made pistol and 3 mobile phones at the scene while the camp was subsequently destroyed.
Enenche further stated that troops of Sector 1 deployed in Gagbe in Gwer West Local Government Area of Benue State conducted another dawn raid on another suspected bandits’ hideout at Tse Agi in the general area.
He said the troops stormed the hideout and apprehended 4 suspects at the scene while one AK 47 rifle, 2 AK-47 rifle magazines and 46 rounds of 7.62 mm special ammunition were also recovered at the location.
Enenche said the hideout was subsequently destroyed while the suspects were currently being profiled after which they would be handed over to the appropriate prosecuting agency for further actions.
He said the Military High Command appreciated the general public for their cooperation in providing credible information which had so far facilitated the successes of the operations.
He also assured that these offensives against the “common enemies of this Nation will not cease until normalcy is restored to all the troubled zones of the Country.”