The Defence Headquarters says troops of Operation Whirl Stroke have succeeded in killing two gang members of Gana-led criminal elements in Benue State and arresting members of militia group in Nasarawa State.
The Coordinator, Defence Media Operation, Major General John Enenche, disclosed this in a statement on Sunday in Abuja.
Gana has been identified as the leader of a notorious criminal gang in Benue State.
Enenche said the success was recorded when combined troops of Sector 2 deployed in Gbise and Zaki Biam in Benue State and Sector 4 from Taraba State raided the hideout of Gana in Mtan village in Utenge Council Ward of Katsina-Ala Local Government Area on Saturday.
He added that while two members of the gang were killed in the encounter, others fled with various degrees of gunshot wounds.
According to him, exploitation operation revealed that Gana narrowly escaped death with gunshot wounds.
He added: “Items recovered include: one locally fabricated machine gun, six locally made rifles, two locally fabricated cartridge guns and one dane gun.
“Other items recovered are two revolver pistols, two cartridge pistols, 27 rounds of 9mm ammunition two motorcycles, one camouflage shirt, one generator set, one bag of gun powder and assorted charms.
“Gana’s personal belongings, other items and thatched houses were destroyed.”
The Coordinator further disclosed that the troops of Sector 3 deployed at Ondori in Doma LGA of Nasarawa State raided the Bassa Militia camp at Kpelebewa village in Rukubi area and arrested seven gang members.
He added that the raid followed credible information that the militia group were planning to attack a Tiv community over land dispute.
According to him, the troops apprehended seven members of the militia dressed in red shirts in the camp.
Enenche said: “Items recovered include one locally fabricated machine gun, six locally fabricated rifles, two locally fabricated cartridge guns, one Dane gun, two revolver pistols, two cartridge firing pistols, 57 rounds of 7.62mm special ammunition, 29 rounds of 9mm ammunition, and 22 cartridges of ammunition.
“Other items are one dagger, poisoned bows and arrows, desert camouflage head gears and pouch, six phone handsets and some charms.
“The suspects are currently undergoing interrogation to be handed over to the police.
“The Military High Command congratulates the Troops and requests the general public to continue to provide the Armed Forces with credible information to facilitate its operations in the Country.”