The Nigerian Army has disclosed less than 48 hours of moving into areas of insecurity following attacks by herdsmen and killing of no fewer than 250 innocent citizens of Benue, Taraba and Adamawa, that soldiers have arrested two suspected Fulani militia.
The military revealed that the two suspects were arrested while trying to attack Gov. Samuel Ortom’s fish farm and other villages in Guma Local Government Area of the state.
According to a statement issued on Thursday by the Assistant Director, Army Public Relations 707 Special Force Brigade, Nigeria Army, Major Olabisi Ayeni, the suspects were arrested while the troops were on a routine patrol along Gbamjiba- Iyiodeh road in Guma Local Government Area.
“The militia who were suspected to be converging, possibly for an attack on Governor Samuel 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.
Benue State has in the past few weeks been in the news with no less than 109 persons allegedly dastardly murdered by fulani herdsmen, a situation which has continued to pitch Governor Ortom against heads of security agencies of the Federal Government in particular the Inspector General of Police, Mr Ibrahim Idris alleging insensitivity on their part.
Both houses of the National Assembly have also waded into the senseless killings in Benue, Taraba, Adamawa, Nasarawa axis while the Federal Government has also already set up a Committee under the chairmanship of the Vice President, Prof Yemi Osinbajo to profer solutions to the insecurity culminating from fulani herdsmen, farmers and civilian clashes across the country.