Troops arrest Fulani militias converging for attack in Benue

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Troops have captured two members of the Fulani militia, planning to attack Governor Samuel Ortom farm and villages, in the Guma local government area of Benue State.

Assistant spokesman of the army 707 Special Force Brigade, Major Olabisi Ayeni, says they were captured by troops during a patrol of Gbemjiba-Iyiodeh Road.

He explained that the Fulani militia were converging for possible attack on Ortom’s farm and neighbouring villages, when the troops approached them for their mission in the area.

He, however, said that the militia opened fire on troops, who then engaged them in fighting during when two of them were captured while they were fleeing

“The militia who were suspected to be converging, possibly for an attack on Governor Ortom’s fish farm and other innocent citizens were about to be approached for questioning when they opened fire on the troops who later engaged them.

“The violent herdsmen who also fought back was at the same time trying to withdraw.

“The Special Forces Operators intensified their pursuit and succeeded in arresting two of them while others fled in disarray.

“The herdsmen had since been handed over to the police,” the military spokesman said.

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