The Defence Headquarters says troops of Operation WHIRL STROKE have averted a violent ethnic clash between Tivs and Jukuns along Benue-Taraba border.
The Director, Defence Information, Col. Onyema Nwachukwu who disclosed this in a statement on Saturday said the troops deployed in Zaki Biam in Ukum Local Government Area of Benue State foiled the clash at Jootar, a border community between Ukum and Wukari Local Government Areas of Taraba state.
He said: “The vigilant troops, while on a fighting patrol responded to a distress call alerting them of an imminent violent clash between Tivs and Jukuns at the border community.
“The intervening troops met with stiff resisistance by armed militias who engaged the troops in a fire fight. The troops however, promptly neutralized one of the militias firing with an automatic weapon, while others fled the scene.
“The troops recovered one AK 47 rifle, two magazines and 26 rounds of 7.62 mm ( Special ) ammunition from the neutralized bandit, a locally fabricated gun and a dagger from the fleeing militias.
“The border town of Jootar and the adjoining communities remain calm as troops are currently dominating the general area.”