Troops of Operation Whirl Stroke drawn from sectors 1-4 have simultaneously assaulted four identified camps used by Gana’s gang members in communities between Katsina-Ala and Ukum local government area of Benue state killing 12 militias at Sai.
Commander, OPWS, Major general Adeyemi Yekini who disclosed this in Makurdi, while giving the rundown of activities and achievements of the Operation explained that at the end of the four simultaneous assaults, 12 militia men were killed alongside wife of the wanted militia leader in Benue, Terwase Akwaza also known as Gana with one soldier missing.
“We have embarked on some non- kinetic activities to enhance security in the past two months with the aim of putting a stop to incessant killing of innocent citizens by armed herdsmen and militia groups in the joint operation of Benue, Nasarawa and Taraba states.
Yekini described the recent attack in Zaki- biam, Ukum local government as a revenge mission by Gana’s men following heavy casualty they sustained during a gun battle with the army at Sai, where they were dislodged and fled to Zaki- Biam.
The commander further disclosed that following the recent Zaki – biam killings, new troops were deployed to the area to embark on confidence building patrol of the area to reassure the local populace of their safety, even as he informed that efforts are currently ongoing to locate and rescue the missing soldier.
Major Yekini,also averred that the OPWS since its commencement has facilitated the return of over 145,000 Internationally Displaced Persons to their communities, while 74 suspects have so far being arrested in the three joint operation states, adding that some of the schools initially shutdown as a result of the crisis have reopened.
According to him, a total number of 45 assorted weapons, 1,285 rounds of ammunitions and 24 AK- 47 magazines have been recovered from the bandits.
“OPWS will remain totally committed to restoring lasting peace to Benue, Taraba and Nasarawa states in the shortest possible time, but I want to appeal to the public to report any suspicious movement to security agents for onward action”, Yekini stated.