- Things seem not to have completely returned to their normal conditions in Benue as far as security is concerned
- This could be deduced as troops, according to Major General Adeyemi Yekini, are still on red alert throughout the state to stem the tide of violence
- Yekini said that this military stance is vital in order to ensure that the state does not experience the kind of reawakened killings that is underway in Plateau
Major General Adeyemi Yekini, the theatre commander of the military unit known as ‘Operation Whirl Stroke’ (OPWS), has revealed that troops have been placed on red alert in an effort to subdue any inkling of attack on locals throughout Benue state and neighbouring towns, The Sun reports.
Briefing newsmen on Thursday, September 6, Yekini disclosed that troops of the OPWS have intensified patrols within and around the state as far as Nasarawa border to ensure it does not experience the sort of reawakened killings that is underway in Plateau by bandits and criminals.
He dismissed claims that there were gunfires between troops and some suspected herdsmen in the state recently. However, the commander remarked that a few herdsmen took to their heels on sighting approaching troops.
Yekini explained: “What happened is that a few herdsmen were sighted in Guma and as soon as they saw our troops, they ran away. It is a usual occurrence that our troops encounter almost on a daily basis that doesn’t really need reporting.
“Our troops have been placed on red alert to forestall a recurrence of what is happening in Plateau. Troops are on 24 hour surveillance, patrolling the length and breadth of Benue, even up to Nasarawa state sometimes.”
Meanwhile, NAIJ.com reported that troops of the Nigerian Army had raided a hideout used by Boko Haram terrorists in Amdaga Madachi village, Gwoza local government area, Borno state.
The development was made public in a statement signed by the director of Army public relations, Brigadier General Texas Chukwu.
In the statement released to NAIJ.com, Chukwu disclosed that the troops killed 14 terrorists and rescued 21 civilians during the raid.
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