Military neutralizes 1,000 criminals, recovers 700 weapons in Benue, Taraba, Nasarawa

Military Operations under Operation Whirl Stroke
(OPWS) has deployed troops to Tyo-Mu where
Governor Samuel Ortom was attacked by Fulani militia
herdsmen last Saturday, even as it said it has
neutralized 1000 criminals and recovered 700 weapons
in Benue, Taraba, and Nasarawa states.
The Commander, OPWS, Maj. Gen. Adeyemi Yekini
who made the disclosure on Tuesday while conducting
journalist round the Tyo-Mu said, the deployment was
to forestall incidences of armed banditry.
Yekini who was at the site of the attack with the
Security Adviser to Governor Samuel Ortom, Col. Paul
Hemba (rtd) noted that his troops immediately moved
in to clear the area, saying troops would remain at the
area for the next few days and would continue to
patrol the area.
“We are here to show you that the general area is clear
of any bandits. The incidence is quite unfortunate and
we immediately combed the area. We should not be
judged by this singular incidence. We have accepted it
was a security breach and we are working to address
it. We have made a lot of progress. Before we came,
Benue was a killing galore but we have substantially
restored peace in the state.”
The OPWS Commander stated that since coming on
board three years ago, over 1000 armed criminals have
been neutralized, and close to 700 weapons recovered
in Benue, Taraba, and the Nasarawa States with the
highest number of arms recovery made in Benue.
He urged the people of the state, especially the
Sankera axis of Ukum, Logo, and Katsina-Ala to
cooperate with security agencies by giving useful
information that would help them flush out criminals in
the area.
On his part, the Security Adviser who disclosed that
five empty shells were recovered from the area stated
that no arrest had yet been made but that three local
fishermen who reside in the area were only invited for
questioning after which they were allowed to go home.
Hemba who commended the swift response of troops
of OPWS to the area said as soon as the troops were
alerted, they moved in to comb the area but that the
armed bandits had run away by the time they arrived.
“We are at the sight of the unfortunate incidence of
the attack on Governor Samuel Ortom. He came into
his farm and while touring the farm, he went to a small
market and on his way back the gunmen who were
hiding in the bushes opened fire on him.
“We quickly alerted the OPWS and they immediately
responded and gave them a hot chase and have been
combing the bushes since then. We commend OPWS
for its prompt response.
According to him, the troops combed the bushes and
found some makeshift hideouts, and burnt them. We
couldn’t make any arrests because the bandits ran.

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