DHQ: Military Offensive on Armed Gangs Yields Result

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The military assault on camps of armed militia men in Kaduna and Plateau States has led to the recovery of arms and some stolen livestock.

The operations in Dahia Luka, Makera and some communities in Plateau and Kaduna States, resulted in the arrest of three wounded armed men after the encounter in which some of them died.

Over 90 cows and 45 sheep believed to have been rustled were also recovered in addition to weapons.  Another 50 cows have also been recovered from rustlers who attacked herdsmen in another location.

The recovered cows have been handed over to the traditional rulers in the area while the arrested armed men are still being interrogated.

The herdsmen who were wounded by the rustlers are also being treated.  Altogether, six rifles, 25 Dane guns and 10 locally fabricated pistols as well as four revolvers were recovered in encounters with militias in parts of Plateau and Kaduna States.

Meanwhile, traditional rulers in the areas have been cautioned against shielding or harbouring armed gangs in the precinct of their domain in view of the security implications to their communities and the nation at large.

Armed gangs have been engaging troops in gun battle as the forests are being combed for remnant of criminal elements who have been wreaking havoc in various communities of the North Central.

Cordon and search of identified locations have also continued.  In the process, various rifle parts as well as empty ammunition boxes were recovered in Shendam, Yelwa and the house of a suspected arms dealer at the border between Plateau and Taraba States.

The arrested suspects are among those being interrogated by the Special Task Force. Also, one of the militiamen arrested in the outskirts of Jos is already helping with information on his links with terrorists operating in other parts of the country.


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