Troops arrest 8 armed bandits in Taraba State

Nigerian Army troops of ‘operation whirl stroke’ have arrested eight armed bandits along road Manya – Gangun in Ussa Local Government Area of Taraba State.

The suspects were arrested while the troops were on patrol on Sunday.

Troops arrest 8 armed bandits in Taraba State

According to the Army’s twitter handle, the troops recovered some guns and a couple of local charms from the bandits.

Troops arrest 8 armed bandits in Taraba State

Troops arrest 8 armed bandits in Taraba State

Taraba is one of the Nigerian states facing herdsmen crisis. Despite ongoing Exercise, Ayem A Kpatuma (Cat Race) in the state, residents of Takum and Ussa Local Government Areas of the State, recently cried out that herdsmen are still having a field day, and even carrying out attacks on their communities using machine guns.

Speaking with newsmen, Chairman of Ussa Local Government Council, Mr. Rimamsikwe Karma, stated that the marauding herders are not the regular herdsmen they had known, revealing that this ones are strange. He said;

“The herdsmen that followed the army to our council are not friendly with our people, they are strange faces to us and they are killing people,”

On his part, Chairman of Takum Local Government Area, Mr. Shiban Tikari, said,

“It is sad to note that the soldiers of excise cat race are harassing our people in the towns while herdsmen are attacking and killing others in the rural communities

“We expect the soldiers to go into the bush and help us flush out killer herdsmen and kidnappers instead of beating up people in the town. The herdsmen that are coming into our community now with machine guns are not the traditional herdsmen we know and lived with over the years, I suspect they may the released Boko haram members”.

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