Special Forces Raid Militia Hideouts in Benue, Nassarawa, Recover Weapons Cache

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SWITZERLAND, MAY 17 – Special forces of the Nigerian Army have raided the hideout of a notorious militia commander named Gana in Benue state. Likewise, another raid was carried out on Bassa militia fighters in Nassarawa with the recovery of several weapons in both operations.

“In a special operation, a combined team of Operation WHIRL STROKE Special Forces troops of Sector 2 deployed in Gbise and Zaki Biam in Benue State and Sector 4 from Taraba State carried out a raid operation on the hideout of the wanted notorious criminal named Gana in Mtan village in Utenge Council Ward of Katsina-Ala LGA of Benue State on 16 May 2020,” the Defence headquarters(DHQ) said in a statement on Sunday.

According to the DHQ, two of the gang members were neutralized and others fled with various degrees of gunshot wounds. Exploitation revealed that Gana narrowly escaped death with gunshot wounds. Items recovered include: One (1) locally fabricated machine gun, Six (6) locally made rifles, Two (2) locally fabricated cartridge guns, One dane gun, two revolver pistols, two Cartridge pistols, 27 rounds of 9mm ammunition Two Motorcycles, One Camouflage shirt, One generator set, One bag of gun powder and assorted charms. Gana’s personal belongings, other items and thatched houses were destroyed.

“In another development, troops of Sector 3 deployed at Ondori in Doma LGA of Nasarawa State acting on credible intelligence that a group of Bassa armed militia were planning to attack some Tiv villages over land disputes. Troops raided their camp located at Kpelebewa village in Rukubi area of Doma LGA of Nasarawa State. Troops apprehended 7 members of the Bassa militia dressed in Red shirts in the camp,” the DHQ continued.

Items recovered include One locally fabricated machine gun, Six locally fabricated rifles, Two locally fabricated cartridge guns, One Dane gun, Two revolver pistols, Two Cartridge firing pistols, 57 rounds of 7.62mm special ammunition, 29 rounds of 9mm ammunition, and 22 cartridges of ammunition. Other items are One dagger, poisoned bows and arrows, desert Camouflage head gears and pouch, Six phone handsets and some charms.

The suspects are currently undergoing interrogation to be handed over to the Nigeria Police, according to DHQ.

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