General Yekini denied ambush of troops, officer in Benue

BenueTHE force Commander, Operation Whirl Stroke, Major General Adeyemi Yekini yesterday denied any incident leading to the ambush of troops in Benue State.

The commander was reacting to the online report that a Captain and troops were ambushed in part of Benue State.

General Yekini in a statement issued described the report that Captain Zakari Sani and some troops in Benue were ambushed as fake.

The force commander said that Captain Sani was injured during an encounter with militiamen at Barkin Kota in Keana local government area of Nasarawa State in July this year.

General Yekini said that no OPWS personnel is involved in any ambush incident in the recent past as reported.

He described the story as fake in its entirety, stating that the headquarters of the operation insisted that Capt Sani was injured during an encounter with armed militiamen at Barkin Kota in Keana Local Government Area of Nasarawa State in July 2018.

“The incident was given wide publicity at the time. it is therefore mischievous for the writer of the fake report to now link his injury to any current operation,” the statement said.

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General Yekini said that none of the OPWS personnel was ambushed in any part of Benue, Nasarawa or Taraba States in the past several months.

He noted that the troops had succeeded in ending the incessant killings by armed groups in the states of operation; Benue, Taraba and Nasarawa.

“The force is now focussed on destroying the remnants of armed militia camps that might still be in any part of Benue, Nasarawa and Taraba States, in addition to working for the return of more lDPs back to their ancestral homes,” General Yekini concluded.