Troops kill 5 bandits in Benue, Kastina, recover arms

The Defence Headquarters (DHQ) Monday said troops of Operation WHIRL STROKE and Operation HADARIN DAJI in a fierce battle eliminated several bandits in Benue and kastina state.  

Director Defence Media Operations Maj.-Gen Benard Onyeuko made this known in a statement in Abuja.

According to the statement “On 15 July 2022 based on credible intelligence, the troops conducted a raid operation at Chito general area, Sankera council ward in Ukum Local Government Area, Benue state and in the process, came in contact with suspected bandits.

“Bandits on sighting the advancing troops, fired at the direction of the troops. Troops responded with heavy/superior fire power and neutralize 3 bandits while others escaped. Troops searched bandits’ hideout and recovered 18 motorcycles used by the bandits to terrorise the general area.”

It added that, “In another, troops of Operation HADARIN DAJI in a special operation in the early hours of 17 July 2022 conducted operation at PALALE-JAJA village in Jibia Local Government Area of Katsina state and made contact with terrorists. Troops engaged them with  and neutralized 2  terrorists.

“Items recovered includes 2 x AK 47 Rifles, 2 x Magazines, 16x rounds of 7.62mm special, 6 x motorcycles, 2 x phones, 1 x clipper, some packets of tramadol drug, among other items.

“The military high command commends troops of Operation WHIRL STROKE and Operation HADARIN DAJI for these feat and encourages the general public to avail troops with more credible and timely information on criminal activities in their areas.”