The Nigerian Army said on Wednesday that its troops in a combined operation, engages scores of armed militia/criminals who were attacking inhabitants and setting houses on fire at Igacha village along the Benue-Nasarawa border noting that after the engagement, one of the criminal suspect was killed.
A statement from Army headquarters said, “Troops of 72 Special Forces Battalion and 177 Guards Battalion in the early hours today, Wednesday 31 January, 2018, while on joint clearance operation along Benue and Nassarawa State border, were alerted on the presence of unidentified armed militia.
“It was confirmed that the criminals were, setting houses on fire in Igacha village, about 4 kilometres away from Kadarko town.
“Troops responded immediately by mobilizing to the area to stop the arson and apprehending the perpetrators.
“The militia on sighting troops abandoned their mission, scampering for safety in different directions.
“However, the troops neutralized one of the assailants, while others escaped with gunshot wounds.
“A cordon and search operation is still in progress in the general area with the view of tracking the fleeing armed criminals.
“Consequently, inhabitants of the general area are please requested to be in the lookout for such wounded persons and report to the security agencies.”
Sani Kukasheka Usman
Director Army Public Relations