Troops kill three wanted Benue bandits and recover weapons


Operation Whirl Stroke troops killed three bandits in Katsina Ala and Ukum local government areas of Benue State.

The information was contained in a statement issued by OPWS Public Relations Officer, Flight Officer Audu Katty, which was made available to reporters in Makurdi on Sunday.

The PRO said troops, who responded to a distress call in Tse Mela in Yooyo and Tse Jondo wards of Katsina-Ala and Ukum local government areas of the state on Thursday and Friday, respectively, killed three bandits.

Katty said an Iortyom Wuave, alias Junta, engaged the troops in a gunfight in the Katsina-Ala local government area and was neutralized.

He further said that two other bandits, Terdoo Kiorga alias Apaapa and Orkulam Mom alias Orbutee were also killed in another operation in Ukum on Friday.

The statement said in part: “In particular, on February 24, 2022, at around 3 p.m., while on combat patrol, the troops responded to a distress call at Tse Mela in the Yooyo council area of ​​the area. from Katsina-Ala local government to Iortyom observation. Wuave, aka Janta, a notorious armed militia gang leader on the OPWS wanted list. Troops quickly mobilized and moved to the scene.

“On seeing the troops, he fired in the direction of the troops as he tried to escape into the nearby bush. He was neutralized during the engagement.

“In a related development, troops continued their clearance operations in the early hours of Friday, February 25, 2022, when they attacked the hideout of notorious armed bandits in Tse Jundo, in the Mbamena council area in the government area. Benue State Ukum local.

“During the operation, two armed bandits were neutralized by the troops during a firefight. They are Terdoo Kiorga, alias Apaapa; and Orkulam Mom, aka Orbutee. The duo and others who were the most dangerous foot soldiers of the late Terwase Akwaza aka Gana were on the OPWS wanted list.

“They were known to have unleashed chaos on Zaki Biam and its surroundings in the past.”

The OPWS spokesperson added that items recovered from the hideout included five AK-47 rifles, a pump-action shotgun, three AK-47 magazines, a large amount of 127 x 5.56mm ammunition, 12 cartridges , five cell phones and matching charms.

Katty said troops continue to conduct operations, both kinetic and non-kinetic, to ensure relative peace in areas of operation.

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