Following renewed herdsmen attacks and killings of farmers in Benue communities and recent outcry, troops of Operation Whirl Stroke have confronted Fulani herdsmen in two Agatu communities, with many of them fleeing and cache of arms and ammunition recovered.
Eye witnesses and inhabitants of Agatu communities in Benue had severally, before now raised the alarm that Fulani herdsmen looking for wetland and green area for their cattle to feed, were invading communities, killing the people and taking over their lands while accusing security agencies of looking the other way.
But Brigadier General Bernard Onyeuko, Acting Director, Defence Media Operations in a statement titled ‘Nigerian Military Recovers Large Quantities of Arms and Ammunition in Odejo and Odegoke Communities of Agatu LGA Area of Benue state’ said troops have chased away the marauding herdsmen.
He said, “Troops carried out cordon and search operation in Odogoke and Odejo communities in Agatu Local Government Area of Benue State to apprehend bandits following deadly clashes on 23 March 2020.
“During the operation, the bandits flee from the area abandoning their weapons.
“Items recovered from the two settlements include:one double barrel gun, 19 locally made rifles, one pistol, four rounds of 7.62 by 54mm ammunition, three cartridges for pump action rifle among other accoutrements.
“Normalcy have returned to the communities and general security in the area remains calm.
“Troops have dominated the general area with fighting patrols to ensure peace and stability in the area.
“The Defence Headquarters hereby encourages the public in the general area to come up with credible information to enable the troops to be proactive.”
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