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Military attacks bandits in Benue, others

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

The Defence Headquarters has announced the commencement of a major military offensive against bandits causing mayhem in the three North-Central states of Benue, Nasarawa and Plateau.

The Director of Defence Information, Maj.-Gen. Chris Olukolade, said in an electronic mail on Monday that the DHQ on Sunday deployed troops for a major confrontation in the three states where several people had been  killed and many communities destroyed in clashes between Fulani herdsmen and farmers.

Olukolade said the Nigerian Air Force, police and other security agencies had also been deployed in the operation designed to ensure restoration of peace in the state.

He said the security agents had a mission to neutralise and take over all enclaves of criminal elements in the state.

He urged the people to cooperate with the security forces by providing them with relevant information on the activities of such gangs in their localities.

“The Nigerian Army on Sunday commenced a major operation to put an end to the activities of all armed men and criminal gangs who have been engaging in wanton killings and destruction of lives and property in three states of North-Central part of Nigeria.

“Troops have already been deployed for a major offensive which is covering Benue, Nasarawa and Plateau states.

“The Internal Security Operations is to capture and neutralise all the enclaves of criminal gangs.

“The Nigerian Air Force, Police and other security agencies are also participating in the operation designed to restore peace in the affected states.

 “Law abiding citizens are enjoined to cooperate by providing timely and useful information to facilitate the operation as it affects their localities.” The statement read.

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