The Defence Headquarters says troops of Operation Whirl Stroke on Sunday raided some identified camps of bandits in parts of Benue and Nasarawa states, killing one and arresting four.
The Coordinator, Defence Media Operations, Maj.-Gen. John Enenche, said this in Abuja via a statement on Monday.
Enenche said that the operations were conducted by the soldiers at Guma in Benue State and Keana in Nasarawa State.
He said that a dawn raid on the bandits’ camp at Guma forest adjacent to the Benue-Nasarawa border led to the killing of one bandit, adding that others fled the area with gunshot wounds.
He added that the troops also recovered one AK-47 rifle, one AK-47 magazine, one locally made pistol and three mobile phones from the scene, while the camp was subsequently destroyed.
“Similarly, troops of Sector 1, deployed at Gagbe in Gwer West Local Government Area of Benue, conducted another dawn raid on another suspected armed bandits’ hideout at Tse Agi in the general area.
“The gallant troops stormed the hideout and apprehended four suspects, while one AK 47 rifle, two AK-47 magazines and 46 rounds of 7.62 mm special ammunition were also recovered at the location.
“The hideout was subsequently destroyed while the suspects are currently being profiled, after which they will be handed over to the appropriate prosecuting agency for further action.
“The Military High Command appreciates the general public for their cooperation in providing credible information, which has so far facilitated the successes of the operations.
“The Armed Forces of Nigeria assure Nigerians that these offensives against the common enemies of this nation will not cease until normalcy is restored to all the troubled zones of the country,” Enenche added.