The Nigerian Defence Headquarters has released a statement saying that, troops of the Operation Whirl Stroke raided some parts of Taraba and Benue States, infested with armed bandits, and neutralized them.
This was contained in a press release, the Nigerian Military, through its Coordinator for Defence Information, Major General John Enenche, made available on Tuesday morning.
The statement said, “Troops of Operation WHIRL STROKE operating under Operation ACCORD deployed at Gbise in Katsina Ala LGA in Benue State and Sector 4 in Taraba State conducted a joint commando raid operation in the early hours of 29 June 2020 at Rafin Kada in Wukari LGA and Yojaa in Donga LGA of Taraba State. The troops came in contact with suspected Tiv militias at Che Jukun village.”
“The armed militia opened fire on sighting the troops who responded with superior firepower thereby neutralizing 4 of them in the process while unconfirmed number escaped with gunshot wounds. Items recovered include; 2 locally made rifles, 55 rounds of 5.56mm ammunition, 117 rounds of 7.62mm ammunition, 3 mobile phones, 3 AK 47 magazines, 2 motorcycles, one military shirt uniform, 1 Peace Corps ID Card belonging to one Mr Anyor Fidelis and some charms.”
“In another development, troops responded to a distress call from Zaki Biam on the activities of a notorious kidnap kingpin by name Kobo Ishor (aka “Lesser” ) an associate of late Orjondu. He was apprehended and currently undergoing interrogation, to be handed over to the Nigerian Police afterwards for prosecution.”