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Army destroys bandits’ camp in Benue

Director of Defence Information, Maj.-Gen Chris Olukolade.

Troops of the Nigerian Army have carried out raids in three local government areas of Benue State where the destructive activities of militants were prominent.

The Director of Defence Information, Maj.-Gen Chris Olukolade, said in an electronic mail on Thursday that the troops had restored normalcy in the Guma, Gwer West and Agatu local government areas of the state where some of the clashes between Fulani herdsmen and Benue communities were recorded.

Olukolade said the troops cleared all the militants’ camps in the three local government areas.

He said the ongoing operations tagged ‘Operation Restore Peace’ was designed to address the worsening security situation in parts of the North Central.

The Defence Spokesman said the military also made some arrests and recoveries though the statement was silent on the details.

He said militant camps were also destroyed with arrests made at the Shendam Local Government Area of Plateau State.

According to him, two AK 47 rifles were recovered from the insurgents during an encounter at Shimanker, Plateau State.

“Formation commanders of the Nigerian Army have moved to the various states in their area of responsibility to conduct the operations aimed at addressing deteriorating security situation in parts of the North Central.

“Troops deployed in Benue state have already cleared camps of all armed gangs in three local government areas of the State.

“Normalcy have been restored in the Guma, Gwer West and Agatu local government areas.

“Some arrests and recoveries have been made in the process…,” the statement reads in part.

Olukolade also said some militants’ camps were destroyed in Ladduga near Kachia in Kaduna State, while arms were recovered in Maigungume Hills in Niger State.

The Defence Spokesman said the General Officers Commanding were  directly supervising the operation in their respective areas of responsibility in the four states of Benue, Plateau, Nasarawa, Kaduna and Niger.

He said troops were combing the forests in the area to ensure that members of armed gangs were apprehended and their camps destroyed.

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