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  • Updated: April 15, 2024

Army arrests gun runner, terrorist suspects in Taraba, Benue

Army arrests gun runner, terrorist suspects in Taraba, Benue

In recent operations carried out by Nigerian Army troops engaged in Counter-terrorism and Counter-insurgency efforts in Taraba and Benue States, a gun runner and two terrorist suspects have been arrested.

In Taraba State, troops, in cooperation with local vigilantes, acted on actionable intelligence to apprehend Mansir Mohammed at the Jalingo Motor Park. Mohammed was reportedly involved in gun-running activities with terrorists.

His arrest led to the apprehension of other members of his syndicate and the recovery of one Semi Automatic Pump Action gun, one locally fabricated gun, a Peugeot car, 5 mobile phones, and N45,000 in cash.

In a statement by Major General ONYEMA NWACHUKWU, Director Army Public Relations, the suspects were apprehended with arms.

According to him, "In Taraba State, troops, in collaboration with vigilantes, acted on actionable intelligence to apprehend one Mansir Mohammed at Jalingo Motor Park, who has been reportedly involved in gun-running activities with terrorists.

"His arrest led to the nabbing of other members of his syndicate and the recovery of one Semi Automatic Pump Action gun, one locally fabricated gun, a Peugeot car, 5 mobile phones, and the sum of forty-five thousand Naira (N45,000) only.

"In a separate operation, troops on routine patrol at Miyande Village in Takum Local Government Area of Taraba State have intercepted two terrorist suspects who concealed a Automatic rifle underneath the seat of a motorbike on which rode. The vigilant troops recovered one AK- 47 Rifle, 5 rounds of 7.62mm special ammunition and a motorcycle.

"In another development, troops responded to a distress call and successfully foiled a kidnap attempt within Zaki-Biam Town in Zaki-Biam Local Government Area of Benue State. During the intervention, troops neutralized one kidnapper in a shootout with the criminals and recovered a Beretta Pistol with 4 rounds of 9 mm ammunition."

These successful operations highlight the Nigerian Army's unwavering commitment to eradicating terrorism and insurgency, thereby ensuring security in the country. We urge the public to continue supporting our troops as they carry out their operations.

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