Benue Police engage notorious bandits in gunbattle, kill two

Benue State Police command has killed two notorious bandits in Katsina-Ala Local Government Area (LGA) of the state and recovered arms.

This was contained in a statement on Wednesday in Makurdi, by the State’s Police Public Relations Officer (PPRO), Sewuese Anene.

Mr Anene said in the statement that the police command had acted on information about the regrouping of bandits at De-Mtsa village, Kastina-Ala, for nefarious activities.

According to him, a team from Operation Zenda Joint Task Force (JTF), led by its Commander, Felix Nomiyugh, swiftly invaded the area and killed two of the bandits during heavy gun battles.

“Upon arrival at the scene, on March 27, the bandits engaged the police in a gun duel, but superior firepower from the operatives dislodged them.

“Consequently, while two of the bandits sustained gunshot injuries and were confirmed dead at the hospital, one was arrested and the others escaped with wounds, but they are currently being trailed by the operatives.

“Exhibits recovered from the scene include one type 06 Rifle, three AK-47 magazines loaded with 7.6mm ammunition, 80 other ammunition, camouflage uniforms and assorted phones,” the spokesperson said.

NAN further reports that the gang’s members, before their deaths, terrorised Abaji, Tor Donga and other neighbouring villages in Katsina-Ala.

Katsina-Ala, Logo and Ukum LGAs have particularly faced unprecedented bandit activities for more than a decade.

Respite is yet to come despite the joint security operations in the area and the death of Ghana.


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