Ayem Akpatuma: Troops arrest herdsmen destroying farmlands in Benue


Troops of Sub-Sector A on Exercise Ayem Akpatuma (Cat Race) deployed in Yelwata, while on routine patrol along road Gbajimba-Kaseyo-Awe in Benue state on Wednesday arrested four herdsmen whose cattle were grazing on the farmland of villagers, and recovered four cutlasses from the herders.

Still on the same day, troops of Sub-Sector B deployed at Anyilamo while on carrying out patrol along Buruku-Uba-Abeda-Ameh and Fadama Kuturu also in Benue State apprehended three herdsmen destroying farmland with their cattle.

This was made known in a statement issued on Thursday by the Army spokesman, Brig-Gen. JT Chukwu, who called on law abiding citizens not to relent on their effort in providing useful information to assist the Army and other security agencies in the successful conduct of Exercise Ayem Akpatuma.

The statement read further, “In a related development troops of Army Headquarters Special Force Team B of Command Army Record Lokoja, while on routine patrol on Tuesday 27 February 2018, along road Okene-Lokoja responded to a distress call of kidnappers operating along the road. On arrival to the area troops encounter with the gangs and engaged them.

“During the fire fight the kidnappers abandoned their location and flee into bush. According to information provided to troops the gangs were said to kidnapped one Alhaji Momoh on 18 February 2018.

“Troops have dominated the area while trailing the kidnappers to rescue the abductee.”


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