Troops of Operation Whirl Stroke have arrested atleast 8 armed bandits and recovered arms and ammunition during two daring raids at identified bandits’ camps in Benue and Nasarawa states.
Maj. Gen. John Enenche, Coordinator, Defence Media Operations (DMO), disclosed this in a statement on Monday.
Enenche stated that in one of the operations conducted on 6 September 2020, troops of Operation whirl stroke deployed at Guma in Benue State and Keana in Nasarawa State, conducted a dawn raid at identified armed bandits’ camp at Guma forest along the Benue-Nasarawa border following actionable intelligence reports on the location of the camp.
“Adopting an aggressive posture and profile, the gallant troops stormed the location and engaged the bandits in a firefight, overwhelming them with superior fire.
” In the process, troops neutralized one bandit while others fled with gunshot wounds into the forest. 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 stated.
Similarly, he said troops of Sector 1 deployed at Gagbe in Gwer West Local Government Area of Benue State conducted another dawn raid on another suspected armed bandits’ hideout at Tse Agi in the general area.
“The gallant 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.