ARMY ARRESTS 4 HERDSMEN WITH AK 47 IN TARABA
By Sani Zaria, Jalingo
Troops of 101 Special Forces Battalion, operational base of the Nigerian Army in Taraba State has on Saturday arrested four Fulani herdsmen with one AK 47 at Suntai Daji in Suntai Bali Local government of the state.
Addressing newsmen before the suspects in the area, Commanding officer of the Battalion Lieutenant Colonel Mutiu Olaseni said that the arrest was during a tip off move followed by a complaint his men received from a Tiv Woman (name with held) whom the herdsmen entered her Farm land grazing their cattle inside the farm.
“These herdsmen entered a farm belonging to a Tiv Woman who resides in this area with their cattle and when she talked to them they threatened to kill her and she quickly alerted us and when my men moved to the farm they were able to apprehended them with their over two hundred cattle and in the process of investigation we recovered one AK 47 riffle and 30 rounds of 7.62mm Special ammunition ” he said.
Leautenant Colonel Olaseni also explained that they are committed towards curbing insecurity not only in Taraba State but Nigeria as a whole, pointing out that they have recorded a lot of succes in their operations in the area.
He said the suspects will be handed over to the Army Headequarter for further investigation while the cattle will be handed over to the local authority for safe keeping .
Speaking in an interview with newsmen the suspects who was identified as Dahiru Dumba, Almajiri Nyako, Haruna Manga, and Adamu Hassan confirmed that they have entered the Woman’s farm land and grazed in, pointing out that they were on migration from Damfar village in Ibi local government area of Taraba State to a village in Gassol local government area of the state.
Meanwhile Dahiru Munga who admitted that the AK 47 riffle with full loaded magazine special rounds belong to their Father Alhaji Nyako said, they owned the gun for safe protection even though they do not have license.