Troops attached to the Operation Whirl Stroke have recovered cache of arms in Odogoke and Odejo communities in Agatu Local Government Area of Benue State.
The arms including one double-barrel gun, nineteen locally-made rifles, one pistol, four rounds of 7.62x54mm ammunition, three cartridges for pump action rifle, among other accoutrements, were abandoned by fleeing bandits during a cordon and search operation in the communities.
The operation followed a deadly clash perpetrated by the bandits in the communities earlier this month.
The Acting Director, Defence Media Operations, Brigadier General Benard Onyeuko, in a statement, confirmed that normalcy has returned to the affected communities.
According to the statement, “troops of Operation WHIRL STROKE carried out cordon and search operation in Odogoke and Odejo communities in Agatu Local Government Area of Benue State to apprehend bandits following deadly clashes on 23 March 2020.
“During the operation, the bandits flee from the area abandoning their weapons.
“Items recovered from the two settlements include:one double barrel gun, nineteen locally made rifles, one pistol, four rounds of 7.62x54mm ammunition, three cartridges for pump action rifle among other accoutrements.
“Normalcy has returned to the communities and general security in the area remains calm. Troops have dominated the general area with fighting patrols to ensure peace and stability in the area.
“The Defence Headquarters hereby encourages the public in the general area to come up with credible information to enable the troops to be proactive”.