Troops kill scores of bandits, arrest kidnap kingpin in Taraba, Benue States ― DHQ

The Defence Headquarters (DHQ) on Tuesday disclosed that the troops of Operation Whirl Stroke operating under Operation Accord have killed scores of terrorist fighters in both Taraba and Benue States as part of the efforts of the Nigerian Armed Forces to end insurgent activities in the country.

This was contained in a statement made available to newsmen in Abuja by the coordinator, Defence Media Operations, DMO, Major General John.

He explained that the troops killed the bandits at Gbise in Katsina-Ala Local Government Area of Benue State and Sector 4 in Taraba State during a joint commando raid operation in the early hours on Tuesday at Rafin Kada in Wukari Local Government Area and Yojaa in Donga Local Government Area of Taraba State.

It stated that during the operation, the troops came in contact with suspected Tiv militias at Che Jukun Village in which the armed militia opened fire on sighting the troops who responded with superior firepower thereby neutralising four of them in the process while an unconfirmed number escaped with gunshot wounds.

According to the statement, items recovered from the bandits include two locally made rifles, 55 rounds of 5.56mm ammunition, 117 rounds of 7.62mm ammunition, three mobile phones, three AK-47 magazines, two motorcycles, one military shirt uniform, one Peace Corps ID Card belonging to one Mr Anyor Fidelis and some charms.

It added that in another development, troops responded to a distress call from Zaki Biam on the activities of a notorious kidnap kingpin by name Kobo Ishor (aka “Lesser”) an associate of late Orjondu and was apprehended and currently undergoing interrogation.

It stated that the suspect would be handed over to the Nigerian Police at the end of an ongoing investigation for prosecution.

The High Command of the Armed Forces of Nigeria congratulated the gallant troops of Operation Whirl Stroke for their dexterity and professionalism and encouraged them to remain resolute in curtailing the activities of criminals in the North Central Zone of the country.

 

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