Nigerian soldiers arrive in Yola, Nigeria, 20 May 2013. Following the declaraton of a state of emergency in Yobe, Borno and Adamawa states of Nigeria (Photo Credit: EPA/STR)

Nigerian Soldiers deployed to the North Central and North Western parts of the Federation on Wednesday, May 7, 2014 recovered cache of arms and ammunition during a cordon and search operation at Anyibe in Logo Local Government Area of Benue State.

According to a statement by the director of defence information, Major General Chris Olukolade, he arms included two Rifles, 3 locally fabricated pistols and 61 rounds of special ammunition were recovered during the operation. The arrested gang member is currently being interrogated.

Terrorist arrested by Nigerian Troops (Photo credit: Defence headquarters)
Terrorist arrested by Nigerian Troops (Photo credit: Defence headquarters)

Olukolade said: “‘Troops operating in the North Central and North Western parts of the Federation have recovered caches of arms and ammunition in those areas. During a cordon and search operation at Anyibe in Logo Local Government Area of Benue State, troops seized a cache of arms run by a young member of an armed gang. Two Rifles, 3 locally fabricated pistols and 61 rounds of special ammunition were recovered during the operation. The arrested gang member is currently being interrogated.

“He further revealed that in Plateau State, the cordon and search operation in 2 chiefdoms of the state has yielded the recovery of 5 guns, 3 locally fabricated pistols and 2 revolvers from the hideouts of armed gangs at Hukke and Reweinko. Other items recovered during the operation include some IED making materials, 45 live cartridges, various calibres of ammunition, bows and arrows and other items such as cutlasses, axes and diggers.

Some of the arms recovered by Nigerian Troops on Wednesday, May 7, 2014 (Photo credit: Defence headquarters)
Some of the arms recovered by Nigerian Troops on Wednesday, May 7, 2014 (Photo credit: Defence headquarters)

“In Kaduna State,Major General Chris Olukolade had encounter with armed gangs and bandits at Kwandaga during which some casualties were recorded and lots of arms and ammunition recovered.

In the meantime, the operation to rid the North Central and North West parts of the Federation of armed gangs is tagged Operation Restore Peace and is still in progress in various locations.”

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