The Nigerian Military said that it has stepped up efforts against all form of criminality in Nasarawa, Benue and Taraba states, as it repelled attacks from some criminal gangs and militia operating across communities in the states.
On Wednesday, in Lafia, Maj.Gen. Adeyemi Yekini, Commander of “Operation Whirl Stroke”, before newsmen, revealed that the troop recovered 45 assorted weapons and 701 rounds of live ammunition from the suspects in Zwere, Toto Local Government Area of the state.
According to the commander, 39 locally-made rifles, two G3 rifles, three locally-made pistols, one SMG, five G3 rifle magazines, four revolver cartridge holders and 100 special rounds of 9mm for pistol, among other items were recovered by the military.
He said “Operation Whirl Stroke’’ established eight months ago had put an end to the incessant killings by armed herdsmen, militia groups and other criminal elements operating in three states.
“We have recovered a lot of weapons, ammunition and arrested so many suspects within the last eight months.
“On Monday, our men ran into an ambush by suspected militia in Ugya, Toto Local Government Area of Nasarawa State, fortunately there was no fatality.
“We were able to clear the area of the suspected militia.
“We recovered 45 assorted arms and 701 ammunition; which includes 39 locally-made rifles, two G3 rifles, three locally-made pistols and one SMG.
“For the ammunition, we recovered Five G3 rifle magazines, four revolver cartridge holders, 100 special rounds of 9mm for pistol,” Yekini said.
Yekini, who reiterated the determination of the Nigerian Army to rid the states affected by these criminalities of criminal elements, also admonished troublemakers in the states to put an end to their acts or be ready to face the consequences of their actions.