Troops of Operation Whirl Stroke neutralize bandits in Benue State

By Martha Obi, Abuja


A combined team of Operation WHIRL STROKE Special Forces comprising troops of Sector 2 deployed in Gbise and Zaki Biam in Benue State and Sector 4 from Taraba State have carried out a joint raid on the hideout of the wanted notorious criminal named Gana in Mtan village, Utenge Council Ward of Katsina-Ala Local Government Area of Benue State.

The Coordinator Defence Media Operations, Major General John Enenche said two (2) of the gang members were neutralized and others fled with various degrees of gunshot wounds adding that Gana narrowly escaped death with gunshot wounds.

According to him, items recovered include: One (1) locally fabricated machine gun, Six (6) locally made rifles, Two (2) locally fabricated cartridge guns, One (1) Dane gun, Two (2) revolver pistols, Two(2) Cartridge pistols, 27 rounds of 9mm ammunition Two (2) Motorcycles, One (1) Camouflage shirt, One (1) generator set, One (1) bag of gun powder and assorted charms. Gana’s personal belongings, other items and thatched houses were destroyed.

Major General Enenche said that in another development, troops of Sector 3 deployed at Ondori in Doma Local Government Area of Nasarawa State raided the camp of Bassa armed militia located at Kpelebewa village in Rukubi area of Doma LGA of Nasarawa State.

He said the troops acted on credible intelligence that the armed militia was planning to attack some Tiv villages over land disputes.

“Troops apprehended Seven (7) members of the Bassa militia dressed in Red shirts in the camp,” Major General Enenche said.

According to him, items recovered include One (1) locally fabricated machine gun, Six (6) locally fabricated rifles, Two (2) locally fabricated cartridge guns, One (1) Dane gun, Two (2) revolver pistols, Two (2) Cartridge firing pistols, 57 rounds of 7.62mm special ammunition, 29 rounds of 9mm ammunition, and 22 cartridges of ammunition. Other items are  One (1) dagger, poisoned bows and arrows, desert Camouflage head gears and pouch, Six (6) phone handsets and some charms.

The suspects are currently undergoing interrogation to be handed over to the Nigeria Police.

The Military High Command has congratulated the Troops and requests the general public to continue to provide the Armed Forces with credible information to facilitate its operations in the Country.


Zainab Sa’id