We lost 13 soldiers, arrested 162 herdsmen in Benue, Taraba — DHQ

Written by on April 19, 2018

The Defence Headquarters, Abuja, said on Wednesday that the military
had arrested 147 herdsmen in Benue State and 15 in Taraba in the
ongoing Exercise Ayem Akpatuma, noting that the suspects had been
handed over to the police for prosecution.
The military said the troops recovered 38 machetes, five AK-47 rifles,
23 rounds of 7.62mm ammunition, 18 motorcycles, 19 locally made guns,
five locally made pistols among other weapons from the arrested
herdsmen and bandits.
The Director, Defence Information, Brig. Gen. John Agim, who spoke at
a press briefing in the DHQ, said 13 soldiers were killed during the
exercise, while seven soldiers were injured in action, noting that “we
also had our equipment destroyed during the operation.”
Agim said the military appealed to political leaders not to play
politics with the security situation in Benue and Taraba states,
insisting that the Chairman of the Takum Local Government Area of
Taraba State,. Shiba Tikari, failed to cooperate with the troops in
the ongoing exercise.
Meanwhile, the Nigerian Army said on Wednesday that it had invited the
Takum LGA Chair, Tikari, over the killings and declared five suspects
wanted.
The army’s spokesman, Brig. Gen. Texas Chukwu, said the wanted
suspects are; Tanko Dantayi, Kurusi Danladi, Chindo, Big Olumba and
Chairman Poko.Chukwu said the Director of the Military Intelligence
would be interviewing the Takum LGA chairman on Friday.PUNCHThe Defence Headquarters, Abuja, said on Wednesday that the military
had arrested 147 herdsmen in Benue State and 15 in Taraba in the
ongoing Exercise Ayem Akpatuma, noting that the suspects had been
handed over to the police for prosecution.
The military said the troops recovered 38 machetes, five AK-47 rifles,
23 rounds of 7.62mm ammunition, 18 motorcycles, 19 locally made guns,
five locally made pistols among other weapons from the arrested
herdsmen and bandits.
The Director, Defence Information, Brig. Gen. John Agim, who spoke at
a press briefing in the DHQ, said 13 soldiers were killed during the
exercise, while seven soldiers were injured in action, noting that “we
also had our equipment destroyed during the operation.”
Agim said the military appealed to political leaders not to play
politics with the security situation in Benue and Taraba states,
insisting that the Chairman of the Takum Local Government Area of
Taraba State,. Shiba Tikari, failed to cooperate with the troops in
the ongoing exercise.
Meanwhile, the Nigerian Army said on Wednesday that it had invited the
Takum LGA Chair, Tikari, over the killings and declared five suspects
wanted.
The army’s spokesman, Brig. Gen. Texas Chukwu, said the wanted
suspects are; Tanko Dantayi, Kurusi Danladi, Chindo, Big Olumba and
Chairman Poko.Chukwu said the Director of the Military Intelligence
would be interviewing the Takum LGA chairman on Friday.

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