Written by Scholastica JOSEPH

Festivities: Army reads riot act to criminal elements in Benue, Nasarawa, others

Criminal elements operating in Benue, Nasarawa and Taraba States have been warned to steer clear especially at this festive period or be ready to face the wrath of the law.

The commander of the Operation Whirl Stroke, OPWS, Major General Adeyemi Yekini read the riot act when he spoke to journalists in Makurdi, last week.

The army commander, who advised youth to shun vices and any act capable of landing them into trouble, warned that anyone found committing crime particularly in this festive period will be seriously dealt with.

Yekini also disclosed that Troops of Operation Whirl Stroke arrested suspected criminals in Benue recovering huge cash and a stolen vehicle.

According to him, the suspects were a gang of criminals terrorising the people of Abako community in Katsina-ala local government area of the state and were arrested after troops engaged them in exchange of gunfire.

He explained that his troops went after the robbers after they received information from the locals that armed robbers invaded Abako community to rob and dispossess some people of their valuables including monies and Vehicles.

"We received information that armed robbers invaded Abako town in Katsina Ala local government area of Benue state, near Takum in Taraba State, robbed some people particularly traders.

"We went after the robbers and after heavy gun battle, we overpowered the criminals, apprehended some of them and in the process recovered a vehicle they stole from one of their victims. We also recovered from them N150,000 cash with other dangerous weapons.

Yekini said the suspects and the items recovered from them have been handed over to the police for further necessary action.

He debunked the insinuation that his troops went to arrest innocent people for no just reason in the areas, stressing that those who were arrested and probably sustained injuries as a result of their battle with the soldiers, were involved in armed robbery.

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