According to the Defence Headquarters, between July 29 and August 3, 2022, Operation Whirlstroke forces detained kidnappers and bandits in different operations.
Two terrorists were reportedly apprehended in Nasarawa by the DHQ following a gunfight with the troops.
Weapons were also retrieved from the perpetrators, according to a statement released on Friday by Major General Benard Onyeuko, Director of Defence Media Operations.
Part of it said, “Troops of Operation Whirl Stroke on July 29, 2022 based on credible intelligence, troops conducted clearance operation at Tse-Ibor, Tse-Igbakyor, Akwana and Ayinbe Villages in Logo Local Government Area of Nasarawa State and made contact with terrorists.
“In the encounter, troops responded with superior fire power, forcing terrorists to flee. The aftermath of the gun battle led to the arrest of Mr Danladi Selfa – 23 and Mr Usman Yau -28. Both were with gunshot wounds at a private hospital.”
The military said that among the goods found were an AK-47 rifle and a magazine with 13 rounds of 7.62mm Special.
According to the statement, troops and locals conducted a raid operation on the same day in response to an intelligence report about the presence of suspected criminal elements in Kukyro village in Nasarawa Local Government Area of Nasarawa State. Moses Aindigh, a suspected terrorist and alleged bandit collaborator, was captured.
Onyeuko further stated that on August 3 and 4, 2022, Operation Safe Haven forces detained three suspected kidnappers based on actionable intelligence.
The accused, Umar Zakari, Usman Hamina, and Haruna Umaru, were taken into custody in the Plateau State hamlet of Fuskar Mata, Bassa Local Government Area.