The Defence Headquarters says troops of Operation Whirl Stroke have continued to record more successes in stamping out banditry and other criminal activities in the North Central zone of the country.
Coordinator, Defence Media Operations, Major General John Enenche said this in a statement in Abuja on Friday.
According to him, following credible intelligence reports on 26 November 2020 on the hideout of some notorious elements who were alleged to be terrorising Abaji general area of Katsina-Ala Local Government Area of Benue State, troops of Sectors 2 and 4 swiftly mobilized to the area to flush out the bandits.
He added that, Troops made contact with armed bandits around Asogo village who on sighting troops opened fire on them and thereafter fled into the surrounding bushes.
"Troops promptly returned fire thereby killing 3 while one locally made pistol and 11 rounds of 7.62mm Special ammunition were recovered" he said.
In the same vein, Enenche said still on same 26 November 2020, troops of Sector 3, carried out a dawn raid on the residence of some henchmen said to be behind recent clashes between herders and farmers at Atiyagiso community in Doma Local Government Area of Nasarawa State.
"During the operation, troops successfully apprehended 2 suspects namely Mr Abdulkareem and Mohammed Sani who confessed their involvement in the crime following which they were handed over to the police for further action, he said.
The Coordinator also disclosed that the troops of Operation Accord arrested six youths at Zurmi LGA of Zamfara following credible intelligence on the movement of suspected bandits in the area.
He said that preliminary investigation revealed that two of the suspects were confirmed to be bandits, while two others were suspected to be new recruits into the camp of a notorious bandit known as Turji.
According to him, further search on their phones showed pictures of suspects practicing weapon handling.
“The suspects confessed to be bandits as alleged and are currently are in custody for further action.
“Troops have continued to dominate the general area with aggressive patrols to deny bandits freedom of action.
“The general public is thus encouraged to continue to provide credible information to the troops operating within their localities.
The Armed Forces of Nigeria and other security agencies will not relent until normalcy is restored to all troubled zones,” he said