Sixty-six suspected criminals consisting of kidnappers, bandits, armed robbers, gunmen, bandit associates and informants were arrested by the staff of the Nigerian Army Special Forces Command four.
The suspects were paraded on Wednesday by the commander, Major General Moundhey Gadzama Ali, at the headquarters of the local self-government area of the House in the state of Nasarawa.
But he said the command was conducting operations in the northwest, northeast and north central, south and south and southwest parts of the country after receiving credible information that led to the rest of several bandits and the killing of some arms racers.
He added that among the suspects were 41 members of the late Benue militia leader, Terwase aka Ghana, among whom was his chief priest Ugba Iorlumun.
“We operated, among others, in Born, Yobe, Benue, Nasarawa, Kogi, Niger. In Benue, we arrested the chief priest of the late criminal Terwasa, alias Ghana, one of his men who, among others, called himself ‘Commander’s’ and demolished the Sanctuary. “While another criminal, Paul Duguma died in Katsina-Ala,” he said.
“In the state of Niger, special forces with 31 artillery and the Nigerian air force, we neutralized the kidnappers, destroyed Alhaji Damina’s lairs, while the kidnappers killed each other because of the rivalry between the Alhaji Kawuwajo and Zagalo camps in Kamfanin Way, a border village between Niger and Kaduna state. “
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Speaking further, the commander regretted that seven people were killed during Operation Nut Cracker II, carried out in Kamfanin Bobi, an area of the Mariga local government of the state of Niger, where nine bandits were killed.
While reiterating the command’s determination to ensure security, the commander said: “I want to assure you that we will continue our efforts to ensure the safety of all citizens who respect the law of this great nation.
“I urge all law-abiding citizens not to be intimidated by these criminals by providing effective intelligence to help the command address these troubled areas of bandits, terrorists and their associates.”