Sunday, 28 July 2019

Troops Parade 8 Kidnappers, Bandits, Recover Arms

Troops of the military spike operation code-named ‘Operation Whirl Stroke’ (OPWS) have arrested 10 suspected bandits and kidnappers in Benue and Nasarawa States.

But parading eight of the suspects before newsmen at the OPWS headquarters in Makurdi on Saturday, Force Commander of OPWS, Maj. Gen. Adeyemi Yekini said five suspects were arrested in Toto and Awe Local Government Areas of Nasarawa State while five others were arrested in Benue State.

Yekini stated further that one of the suspects was shot dead during an exchange of fire with troops at Zaki-Biam in Ukum Local Government Area of Benue State while an AK-47 rifle was recovered from him.

He explained further that three out of the four suspects arrested in Zaki Biam were linked with the wanted militia leader, Terwase Akwaza, alias ‘Gana’ while another suspect was nabbed in Tomata area of the state with a locally made rifle fabricated to fire 5.56mm ammunition which is standard ammunition.

General Yekini explained that  the pistol  is as deadly as any standard assault rifle.

According to the Force Commander, one suspect that was arrested in Awe Local Government Area of Nasarawa State was handed over to the Nasarawa State Police CID because he was linked to another kidnapping in the state.

Items recovered from the suspects include two locally fabricated pistols, a self-loading rifle (SLR), five locally-made rifles, one AK-47 rifle, some quantities of ammunition and three phones with a Toyota Corolla.

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