7 May 2014

Nigeria: Troops Recover Arms Cache in Benue, Plateau, Kaduna

Abuja — Troops operating in the North Central and North Western parts of the Federation have recovered caches of arms and ammunition in Benue, Plateau, and Kaduna states. During a cordon and search operation at Anyibe in Logo Local Government Area of Benue State, troops seized a cache of arms run by a young member of an armed gang. Two rifles, three locally fabricated pistols and 61 rounds of special ammunition were recovered during the operation. Director, Defence Information, Major General Chris Olukolade, in Abuja on Wednesday said the arrested gang member is currently being interrogated.

Also in Plateau State, the cordon and search operation in two chiefdoms of the state has yielded the recovery of five guns, three locally fabricated pistols and two revolvers from the hideouts of armed gangs at Hukke and Reweinko. Other items recovered during the operation include some IED making materials, 45 live cartridges, various calibres of ammunition, bows and arrows and other items such as cutlasses, axes and diggers.

In Kaduna State, troops had encounter with armed gangs and bandits at Kwandaga during which some casualties were recorded and lots of arms and ammunition recovered.

He stressed that the operation to rid the North Central and North West parts of the country of armed gangs is tagged "Operation Restore Peace "and is still in progress in various locations.

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