By Terna Injua – Makurdi
Seventeen suspected bandits have been arrested in Benue State by a combined troop comprising Operation Whirl Stroke, seventy two special forces battalion, ninety three battalion and mobile police men.
Special Adviser to the Benue State Governor on Security Matters, Retired Colonel Paul Hemba made this known while briefing newsmen in Makurdi.
Colonel Hemba said the suspects who have links with the Late Terwase Akwaza were picked when the troops raided their hideouts in Ajon, Igbudu and Tor Donga axis of the state.
He stated that the suspected bandits had last week Saturday kidnapped twenty three persons along Wukari-Takum road with the sole aim of triggering inter communal crisis the Tiv and the Jukum tribes.
Colonel Hemba said following the raid and arrest of the bandits, nineteen out of the twenty three abducted victims were rescued while the bandits were been profiled by the DSS and Ninety three battalion in Takum, Taraba State.